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University of California. 


an HnalooBmerican HUiance 



A SeriO'Comic Romance 


Forecast of the Future 



Illustrated and Published by 
the Author 


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siL'^ 1- ' F C; p. H ^ Kjfttyflower Presses 

loral Park, New Tork 

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Copyrififlited, 1906, 



Ail Rights Reserved 

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Foreword . - - - i 



The Young Ladies' Seminary 



The Initiation - - - - 



The Moonlight Soiree - 



Historical Events of the 20th Century 



The Fistic Duel - . - . 



Historical Events of the 20th Century 

(Concluded) - - - - 



The Regatta - - . . - 



Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba.- 



A Ray of Hope - - - . 



The Transformation - - . 



Lord Cunningham, Viceroy of India 



Adventures of Abou Shimshek, the 

Astronomer of Ispahan 



Spencer Hamilton - . - 


Postscript . - - . 


or THE 




IN presenting this volume to the public it is not 
the intention of the author to offer it as a liter- 
ary masterpiece, but, in his adopted language — con- 
scious of his limitation — merely to give expression 
to his thoughts on certain problems of life that have 
always seemed to him of particular significance. 

At present there appears to be a general bombas- 
tic clamor among certaiji nations who, decrying 
others as barbarous, claim to have reached the high- 
est pinnacle of civilization. Yet a glance at the ex- 
isting conditions in those self-lauded governments 
will reveal rampant corruption among their leaders 
who, for their own selfish ends, retard legislations 
which are absolutely imperative for the general wel- 
fare. It is not necessary to mention other ways in 
which the people are being daily betrayed, for this is 
sufficient to render any thinking person despondent 
and pessimistic. 

The causes of the decadence of nations are not 
the laws which have been enacted, but the flagrant 
violation of these very laws, actuated by greed, avarice 
and commercialism which are generated in the in- 
dividual in power. The only remedy for this state 
is either a leader of intrepid courage or the awaken- 



ing of the people themselves and their demanding 
reforms by public mandate. 

The true meaning of civilization is Universal 
Brotherhood, and in this sense, the leading lights 
in every stratum of life, whether in Government or in 
Commerce, in Religion or in Science, stand arraign- 
ed and indicted before the tribunal of conscience for 
retarding this laudable spirit of Brotherhood. 

Why do not Captains of Industry and Commerce, 
instead of throttlmg each other, by a unanimous 
effort, promulgate laws on a reciprocal basis among 
themselves ? 

Why do not Scientists, instead of confining their 
efforts to individual endeavors, combine their forces 
so as to enhance the chance of accomplishing great- 
er results in research and exploration? 

Why do not Spiritual Shepards, instead of preach- 
ing intolerance and fanaticism, bring their flocks to 
gether in harmony? An Oriental scholar in the 
Congress of Religions, at the Columbian Fair, de- 
clared that *'the flocks are willing to pasture to- 
gether, but it is the shepards who are keeping them 
apart. " 

And in fine, why do not the Nations, each claim- 
ing the highest forms of civilization, instead of dis- 
seminating national, sectional and race hatred, form 
an alliance, which will advance the cause of Univer- 
sal Brotherhood, and brighten the hope of bringing 
enduring peace to the world at large ? 

In this golden era, with its vast numbers of diplo- 
mats, statemen, theologians, scientists, and its count- 
less fraternal organizations, — each preaching, frater- 
nity, love and charity, — what evil spirit or genii 
prevents them from forming a union between two of 


the foremost and best forms of Governments, — 
America and Britain — perfect types in their entity, 
having similar laws, language and aspirations ? 

Who will be the Savior, through whose agency 
this happy cross fertilization, inoculation or union 
shall be achieved ? It was the above thoughts, and 
the idea of an alliance between COLUMBIA and 
BRITANNIA, that suggested in all seriousness the 
following frivolously allegorical narrative, — a pot- 
pourri of weird fancy, satire and imagination, a 
mosaic of the sublime and the ridiculous, on themes 
worthy of a master. 

Yet if some reader should find, even in this fantas- 
tic guise, an occasional thought worthy of arousing 
him to nobler efforts, the author will consider him- 
self well rewarded. 

In regard to his prophecies for the future, he is 
willing to be called a consummate prevaricator 
should his desire for the betterment of mankind or 
the unity of nations take place much sooner than he 
has predicted, or the calamities fail to materialize or 
prove to be much lighter than he has foreseen. 

G. C. 

Floral Park, N. K 


The Young Ladies^ Seminary 

IT is i960, Anno Domini. The Earth, not- 
withstanding many dire predictions of char- 
latans and religious fanatics, and in spite of 
numerous cataclysms, conflagrations and polit- 
ical upheavals, was rotating serenely on its axis. 

The Diana Young Ladies' Seminary, situa- 
ted upon the picturesque hills of Cornwall on 
the Hudson, is a few miles north of the West 
Point Military Academy. The seminary build- 
ings, having formerly been the palatial home- 
stead of a multi-millionaire, about half a cen- 
tury previously had been bequeathed to the 
State of New York, with ample endowments 
for its maintenance end development. It had 
long since become one of the finest institutions . 
of learning of its kind, not only of America, 
but of the whole civilized world. 

The donor of this magnificent seat of knowl- 


edge for young ladies was a man of " polarity," 
of positive and negative action and reaction. 
He was in fact a typical incarnation and em- 
bodiment of a dualism, immortalized by the 
fertile fancy of Robert Louis Stevenson, in his 
story of " Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde." While 
on the one hand he had an apparently irresist- 
ible and monomaniacal cunning in robbing 
his fellow men by monopolizing all the neces- 
sities of life, crushing with hellish unscrupu- 
lousness all competition in every channel of 
industry, and strewing his wake with industri- 
al wrecks, — on the other hand he busied him- 
self with the erection of hospitals and churches, 
and in endowing colleges with a princely lib- 
erality, commensurate to his other nature. 

Emerson, the philosopher, says " The whole 
universe is so, and so every one of its parts," 
that "an inevitable dualism bisects nature," 
each thing being a half and suggesting its 
complement. As the mammoth Califomian 
redwood tree, which with its towering height 
looks overpoweringly stupendous when com- 
pared with the tiny otaheite orange or dwarf 
Japanese plant, so was the difference in power 
of acquisitiveness and possibilities of dispensa- 


tion between this colossus compared with ordi- 
nary mortals. 

The real motive of his charity could not be 
divined; whether it was because, pricked by a 
guilty conscience, he used this means as a pal- 
liative for his sins, or whether he was entirely 
oblivious of wrong-doing and was prompted 
only by a frank desire for doing good, was 
never determined. But at any rate after his 
death it was found that he had donated his 
palaces, with munificent endowment funds, to 
establish this educational institution for fe- 
males. Moreover, it is not my intention to 
write a biography of this dual monster of 
money-maniac and philanthropist, for his deeds 
are written on the graves and sorrowing hearts 
of his victims, as well as in the grateful re- 
membrance and esteem of his beneficiaries. 

Besides, we are told that God works good 
even through the agency of the devil, and if 
he really had been a satellite of Satan, the 
great usefulness and wide influence for good of 
the Seminary demonstrated the veracity of the 
above statement. 

The Diana Seminary had proven its right to 
its high place in the public esteem. Its fame 


had reached every comer of the earth. Young 
women, not only from America but from every 
clime and nation, flocked thither seeking to 
perfect themselves in such branches of educa- 
tion as are the necessary requirements of the 
fair sex to fit them to reign supreme in any 
capacity, from teaching in a country school to 
presiding on regal thrones and guiding the des- 
tinies of Nations. 

The Diana Seminary had become particular- 
ly famous for the especial branches of a curri- 
culum which rendered the young ladies mag- 
nificently lovely in form, chic in habilaments, 
brilliant and vivacious in conversation, serene 
and dignified in carriage, sweet and optimistic 
in nature, pure in sentiments, and in addition 
conferred upon them all the necessary qualifi- 
cations of accomplished housewives, virtues all 
of which are inherent in American women and 
susceptible of highest development. 

The graduates of this Seminary were always 
eagerly sought in marriage, not only by the de- 
serving young men living near the college, but 
also by the nobility and even the royalty of 
Europe. The demands of the latter class were 
indeed so great as to alarm the fond parents 


across the ocean for the future happiness of 
their daughters, and they were thus compelled 
to send their beloved ones to this Institution in 
order to acquire that polish which their Amer- 
ican sisters had proven so desirable. 

Amongst the many English maidens who 
were there matriculated was beautiful Aurora 
Cunningham, the only daughter of the Secre- 
tary of Foreign affairs of Great Britain. 

It is unnecessary to dwell upon the beauty 
and charms of Aurora. It is true that she 
could not be compared with the Goddesses of 
ancient Greece, nor did she resemble the be- 
witching sylvan nymphs depicted by the brush 
and pen of masters of art. She was a mortal; 
suffice it to say, that she was a graceful girl of 
exquisitely moulded form, of medium height, 
with luxuriant golden tresses, which, shimmer- 
ing in the sunlight, justified her baptismal 
name. Her large, dreamy blue eyes mirrored 
the purity of her soul, and the dimples on her 
cheeks were so deep and alluring that all who 
looked upon them felt their compelling charm. 

She was, in a word, a typical English maid- 
en. Highly accomplished, and though dainty 
in demeanor, nevertheless she was not one of 


those frail, ailing butterflies who exist and 
thrive only in artificial atmosphere. Having 
been reared with greatest care, by means of a 
complete course of calisthenics and out-of-door 
sports, with all her refined mien she was a 
hardy and healthy specimen of feminine beauty 
as well as a leader in all the strenuous pastimes 
of the Diana Seminary. 

She was called the " sunshine " of the Sem- 
inary, and none other merited the appellation 
so well. Consequently she was idolized by the 
rest of the students and was much sought after 
by the gallant young men in the vicinity. Af- 
ter the manner of girl students who are given 
to violent friendships, Aurora was devoted to 
her room-mate in the person of a charming 
American girl named Margaret MacDonald, 
the daughter of a Western Senator. 

Margaret was entirely the opposite of Aurora, 
— ^her very antithesis. She was somewhat tall- 
er, with sparkling black eyes and raven hair, of 
imposing dignity and carriage, but withal the 
equal of Aurora in the matter of natural gifts 
and accomplishments. She had, moreover, a 
captivating frivolity and aggressiveness which 
almost bordered on masculinity. 


Perhaps it was this complete diversity of 
temperament and of type that engendered an 
intense affinity between the girls. For al- 
though diametrically differing even in their 
exposition of ideas, they were drawn to each 
other with a mysterious sympathy which at- 
tracted the attention of outsiders and furnished 
ample excuse for comment. Directly after 
their first meeting they had become insepara- 
ble companions and confidants. 

As the time passed this strange attachment 
grew so marked and its manifestations so 
alarmingly flagrant that they themselves be- 
came aware of its dangerous consequences, 
They realized that if they gave free license to 
indiscreet emotional demonstrations in the 
class room or in public, not only would their 
actions not be tolerated by the College faculty 
and cause their expulsion from the Seminary, 
but they would also be subjected to unendura- 
ble ostracism by the rest of the students. But 
still worse was the confronting fact that they 
would undoubtedly become the topic of un- 
pleasant notoriety through the publicity given 
by the sensational press. They had therefore 
the good judgment to pledge themselves to 


control their emotions in the presence of the 
class, and to exercise wide-awake circumspec- 
tion in their behavior in public and towards 
the opposite sex. 

It is needless to say that by the happy fac- 
ulty of diplomacy, inherent in them, they suc- 
ceeded with consummate delicacy and skill in 
maintaining their natural poise and normal at- 
titude throughout the seminary course. 

Like the magnetic pole the Diana Seminary 
had become the center of attraction for the ad- 
jacent youths, especially the Academy boys, 
who on all gala occasions were welcome guests 
at the Seminary. 

The experiment of co-education had long 
since been proven a failure. By the well 
known law of electricity, that bodies similarly 
electrified repel each other, and bodies oppo- 
sitely electrified attract, it seems that the con- 
stant familiarity and co-mingling of the two 
sexes in co-educational institutions at the ro- 
mantic age of puberty had a somewhat similar 
effect and breeded contempt, blunting that keen 
fondness for each other which seems natural, 
and so was not surprising that in such institu- 
tions both sexes, when leaving college, separat- 


€d more like enemies than friends and lovers. 

The isolation of the sexes naturally created 
an intensity of afiection and a desire for asso- 
ciation, and when the two periodically came 
in contact caused that rapturous thrill of hearts 
and nascent unification of souls. This un- 
doubtedly was the plausible explanation, at 
least one of the reasons, why the Seminary 
^rls were always in demand and were partici- 
pants of so many happy unions. 

The only exception to the rule were Aurora 
and Margaret who, although in every way 
agreeable to the aspirants for their hearts and 
hands, refrained from making an alliance 
throughout their college course. It was pite- 
ously amusing, however, to see those gallant 
swains from the Academy heading for the Sem- 
inary whenever opportunity presented. Their 
liearts were filled with intense ardor and their 
lips and pubescent moustaches were pregnant 
with the microbes of Eros, — in a high state of 
fermentation — blurting out with tense anxiety 
the momentous query, " Wilt thou be mine?" 
to Aurora or Margaret, only to return van- 
quished by the cold decisive negative. 


The Imtfation 

THERE was no cause for ennui at the Di- 
ana Seminary. Notwithstanding the 
serious course of study, there was ample jollity. 
The tedium of their leisure hours was beguiled 
with all kinds of recreations according to the 
seasons of the year. 

There were the various Seminary teams in 
basket ball, fencing, golfing, calisthenics and 
amateur theatricals. The girls also indulged 
in excursions to the exhibitions of the Acade- 
my boys, on their gala days of mimic warfare 
in the campus, as well as to their contests on 
the diamond or gridiron at foot ball. This lat- 
ter sport having reached in those days the top 
notch of perfection, it furnished the fair spec- 
tators thrills of excitement when the contest- 
ants in their improved steel helmets and cuirass, 
with pronged leggings and spiked shoes looked 
like veritable knights of the chivalric ages. It 

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gave an additional source of lingering pleasure 
and admiration at such contests when half a 
dozen ambulances were required to cart away 
the gladiators in hors du combat. 

Besides all the above recreations, the Sem- 
inary girls had also their various secret organ- 
izations which furnished ample work for wint;pr 
months. One of the most notable of these fra- 
ternities was called the D. N. A/, signifying 
" Daughters of the New Alliance." 

A brief description of the sacred rites of this 
unique fraternity, on an interesting initiation, 
may not here be amiss. It took place during 
the incumbency of the two principal organiz- 
ers and charter members — Aurora and Margar- 
et, — the latter occupying at the time the most 
exalted position of Reverend High Priestess 
and the former that of Supreme Guide. The 
initiation in question was remarkable for the 
singular coincidence that the applicants for 
membership were discovered to be of half a 
dozen nationalities — French, German, Scotch, 
Irish, Italian and Hebrew, — and this unusual 
circumstance lent the occasion widespread sen- 
sation among the other members and made the 
session most memorable. 


A peep in the temple revealed a bewildering 
spectacle, an " Adamless Eden " of loveliness 
as it were. Margaret MacDonald, enveloped 
in gorgeously embroidered Grecian robes, en- 
throned on an elevated dais, a golden sceptre 
in hand, and a brilliant diadem on her shapely 
head, presented an imposing figure as High 
Priestess, while Aurora in a tight fitting cuirass 
of variegated spangles, holding a trident, per- 
formed her official duties. Other functionaries 
attired in chaste Grecian costumes occupied 
their respective positions. 

In the proscenium the applicants, attired in 
their respective national costumes, followed the 
assistant guide to the gate of the temple when, 
on pressing a button, an extremely melodious 
chant surged through the atmosphere. This 
called the attention of the Supreme Guide to the 
fact that there were applicants for membership. 
The Supreme Guide in the same manner then 
made the announcement to the high priestess, 
and the latter commanded them to be admitted 
to the temple. At the clanking of the cymbals 
and the sounding of the fanfares as if by magic 
the gate was ajar, revealing to the eyes of 
the new disciples a dazzling scene of harmoni- 


ously blended loveliness. They filed in and 
arranged themselves in the shape of a crescent 
at the lower end of the temple. 

In the centre of the room, on an alabaster 
table, they could discern a glass receptacle in 
which, squirming and wriggling, were a quan- 
tity of angle worms; on another similar table 
close by they could see a golden cage, wherein 
half a dozen tiny rodents were playing tag. In 
one comer a fierce, pugnacious billy-goat was 
butting with vicious vigor against one of the 
Grecian columns of the temple. 

When the sound of the fanfares subsided the 
High Priestess, rising suddenly and striking 
three times on the marble floor with her magic 
sceptre, commanded silence, and in a sweet 
voice spoke thus: 

" Supreme Guide of the order of D. N. A. 
what bringest thou to this sanctuary ?" 

The guide answered in pathetic tones: "Thou 
High Priestess of the order of D. N. A., I bring 
thee greeting. I bring thee also jewels rare, 
for thy shrine; gems, not still life or crystals 
petrified, but forms divine, animate with heav- 
ing breasts, with radiant brows, and sparkling 
eyes that volumes speak, that even Cupid, 


dazed, would soon forget his ancient Psyche 
fair, and yet unable be whom amongst these 
for himself to take." 

" Have they signified their willingness to be 
tested for courage and fortitude?" 

" They have." 

" A^e they ready to travel through the tor- 
tuous path of the inquisition ?" 

" They are." 

"Then prithee, take them to the ante-cham- 
ber that their eyes may be blindfolded and the 
robes of chastity may be thrown over them. 
Then bring them thither through the tortuous 
path of the inquisition to my presence." 

Accordingly they were taken to the ante- 
room aiid while being prepared for the jour- 
ney they were given plain intimation that they 
were to make a repast of the angle worms and 
fondly handle the young rodents, while direct 
hints of riding the bellicose goat were thrown 
out, as though this were the least of the test to 
which they were to be subjected. 

Preparation for their return to the Temple 
being completed, their readiness was again 
communicated as before and to the solemn but 
inspiring Andante of Faust they began to wind 


through a path of serpentine evolutions. On 
their journey many strange and threatening 
voices came to their ears, some cursing their 
undertaking and advising them to return be- 
fore too late, some whispering that they were 
about to step into an abyss or to encounter dire 
disaster. But by the guidance and occasional 
prod by the trident of timid and erratic disci- 
ples they proceeded onward with cautious 
. steps. When almost at the end of their jour- 
ney, however, there was a sharp cry from one 
of the applicants which caused the procession 
to halt 

Lady Rosa Redmont Davitt, the daughter of 
an Irish noble, — ^a comely girl, with laughing 
eyes, full of wit and humor and with a strong 
combative instinct, -vidthal very popular at the 
.seminary — gave vent to her distress in a 
piquant but pleasing accent : 

" Ouch ! Your Riverence," said she, " It is 
not that I moind to ride the wild billy goat, or 
am afraid to swallow the serpints, but divil a 
bit I can shtand this pinching of my goide, 
your Riverince ; my back is almost bhlack and 

" It is well that thou hast spoken," said the 


Priestess; " it was because of thy untractable 
erratic steps and non-susceptibility to the 
promptings of thy guide that thou hast suf- 
fered, for according to the ratio of the loyalty 
and sensitiveness to her touch, thy sufferings 
will come to an end. Follow thou, then, fair 
maid, with keen perception to the subtle touch 
of thy guide. Supreme Guide of the order of 
D. N. A. let the procession proceed." 

The march having been resumed and fin- 
ished, they stood thus blindfolded before the 
High Priestess in order to be tested for courage 
and fortitude. Each applicant was led by the 
guide before her, who, for fortitude, adminis- 
tered the angle worm, and for courage trailed 
the mouse over their limbs. It is perhaps un- 
necessary to mention that macaroni was sub- 
stituted for the angle worm and that an arti- 
ficial mouse served as a lively rodent. 

When these sacred and solemn rites were 
performed the applicants were taken through 
numerous evolutions of a march to the centre 
of the room, in front of a table, whereon rested 
in the folds of American and British colors the 
Constitution and By-laws of the Order. There 
the oath of Allegiance was administered and. 


at a thunderous outburst of music, the bandages 
were cut asunder and the applicants found 
themselves in the glow of a diflfused light. 
Standing in the middle of the room, surround- 
ed by rows of graceful girls arrayed in immac- 
ulate Grecian costumes, were all the other 
members of the Order. While the High Priest- 
ess, majestically waving her sceptred arm, 
proclaimed them tried and true members of 
D. N. A. 

The ceremonies were concluded by the 
singing of the National Anthems. 


The Moonlight Soifee 

MARGARET was reclining on a divan in 
her luxurious study, perusing a letter. 
The room was redolent with the perfume of 
June roses, and the warm rays of the afternoon 
sun, filtering through the stained glass windows 
— now and then obscured by the swaying leaves 
and branches of the trees — ^were flitting across 
her lovely form as if playing hide and seek. 

Suddenly the door burst open and Aurora, 
somewhat flushed, holding in her hand a note, 
entered the room, exclaiming excitedly : 

" Horrible ! Margie, horrible ! I do not 
know what to do ! It will be extremely 
h'embawassing aw, don't you know." 

" What is it Aurora, is that Jewsky after you 
again?"* asked Margaret with a rougish 
smile, glancing toward her chum. 

♦ The slang In vogue half a century ago may be found now in 
standard dictionaries. Its use was considered in good form by 
the elite of that day. 


*I8 the Jewski After Voti Affain?' 



" I do not think he is a 'Ebrew, my dear, 
his signature aw, is some foreign sounding 
name. Carlos Do-Do-Do-Don Seville." 

" Well, I don't care what he is. The dodo 
is an extinct bird you know. He looks like a 
Jewsky anyway. The idea, pray what has he 
to say ? " questioned Margaret, contracting her 
eyebrows to a frown. 

" He writes that he will grace aw, our moon- 
light reception with 'is presence. Horrid, 
Margie, horrid ! I hate him ! " 

" Fiddlesticks ! Rats ! " retorted Margaret. 
" It is up to us then. If he bobs up tomorrow 
night at the show, there will be something 
doing. That Dago is positively the limit He 
is perfectly horrid. If I see him ogling me 
once that night, I'll ' cut the chains of my 
tongue loose ' at him, the wretch ! " 

" Aw, really, how brave you are Margie ! " 
replied Aurora, looking admiringly at her 
classmate. " You will not desert me ? By the 
way," went on Aurora, gradually recovering 
her composure, *'I just met Norma South- 
worth coming from the modiste with her grad- 
uation gown. It was such a bonnie gown, aw, 
so lurid and so sweet, don't you know." 


" I bet you hers won't cut any ice with my 
togs, when they arrive tomorrow. Aurora, you 
and I will make a jim-dandy pair on gradua- 
tion day. I am curious, however, to get a 
glimpse of her dream of a go^n, but before we 
start, my dear, let us once more go over the 
details of tomorrow night's event." 

" It makes me somewhat nervous to think 
about it. I wish truly it was all h'over, 

" So do I, Aurora, I am afraid we'll make 
a beastly flunk at the show, aren't you ? " 

"Bah Jove, it will be awfully dweddful, 
Margie, to make a failure, after so many 
months of preparation. I hope we will come 
h'out all right," said Aurora with thoughtful 

After they finished their examination of the 
program, both started out to inspect Norma's 
gown, intending from thence to go to the final 
rehearsal. While crossing the Grand Court of 
the Seminary they spied Professor Cielo Allen- 
son coming toward them on his motor-cycle. 

" There comes the dear " Old Guard " said 
Aurora. " Isn't 'e a dear, aw, isn't 'e sweet? " 

" To be sure Aurora, I am head over heels 


in love with his lilacs ; aren't they elegant ? " 
was the ready rejoinder of Margaret 

" Eh, what ! aw, really, 'ow often must I 
caution you not to use such h'expressions," 
said Aurora, reproachfully. " 'E may 'ear you, 
Margie, 'e may 'ear you." 

"There, ring oflF, sweet child, you better 
pick up your * h's ' and get a gait on, or else 
we'll be late for practice," laughed Margaret 

".Oh, how do you do ? " piped both girls. 

The professor, slackening his pace, greeted 
them courteously: "I presume you ladies 
are well prepared for the ordeal of tomorrow 

" Quite so, Professor ; we are looking for- 
ward with extreme pleasure to meeting our 
gallant adversaries under your charge," ans- 
wered Margaret. 

" H'in fact, we are now going to our final 
rehearsal," added Aurora. 

" Well, I wish you success, ladies ; I must 
be oflE myself, to give the boys at the Academy 
my last instructions ; so goodby." 

"Good afternoon, Professor; goodby." 

* * ♦ * 

Thfe June graduation day of i960 at the 


Seminary was not far distant, falling on the 
second week of the month. The recitations 
had been discontinued and the only sessions 
that were held by the professors were chiefly 
for purposes of review. 

The students meanwhile beguiled their time 
by indulging in frequent class receptions, 
which were given by the various grades and 
societies, each vieing with others to excel all 
previous functions in originality, splendor and 
novelty. That to be given by the senior class, 
to which Aurora and Margaret belonged, was 
near at hand. Long before the date agreed 
upon, the senior class had agreed to make it an 
out-of-door affair eclipsing all previous efforts 
in brilliancy of conception and prodigality of 

It was to be a *' Soiree Artistique ! " a Tab- 
leau Vivant Extravaganza ! followed by a 
moonlight dance and reception. Their guests 
of honor were to be no less than embryo gen- 
erals from the West Point Military Academy ! 
Truly it was a magnificent .conception and it was 
chiefly due to the indefatigable efforts of Aurora 
and Margaret that it culminated in a stupen- 
dous success with the night of the open air F^te. 


The spacious, velvety lawn was profusely 
and fittingly decorated. From column to col- 
umn festoons of June roses and evergreens 
crossed and entwined in bewildering array. 
The colossal statue of Diana with her hounds 
— ^the patron Saint of the Seminary — and the 
alternate gold and silver peristyles leading to 
the wondrously designed parterre, were envel- 
oped in a mass of phosphorescent glow from 
the radium globules. 

The statuettes and fountains were bejewelled 
by innumerable actinium bulbs. Ensconced 
in the branches of the trees and bushes the 
electrical nightingales gave forth their contin- 
uous warbles of subdued sweetness, while from 
poles especially erected for the occasion electric 
globes in kaleidoscopic hues diffused the am- 
bient atmosphere with their spirituelle glow. 
The moon, like an overseer, hung high in the 
canopy of space, casting its silvery light over 
the radiant scene. 

The graceful figures of the maidens in their 
fantastic winged costumes of Celestial Ama- 
zons, and the grotesque forms of the boys, at- 
tired in Indian outfits, glittering with beads 
and feathers — " chaperoned " by the venerable 


Professor Cielo AUenson— each tribe in turn 
illustrating their weird national customs, in 
war or peace, in mirth or sorrow, filled the se- 
lect spectators with throes of thrilling excite- 
ment What hitherto had seemed only ordi- 
nary, mundane surroundings was changed into 
a realistic happy-hunting-ground or savage 
fairyland, a vision of alternate celestial or bar- 
baric splendor, the grandeur of which is be- 
yond the power of human ability to describe. 

The secret of unparalleled excellence of the 
disguises of the boys was due to the fact that 
at the end of the Freshmen year at the Mili- 
tary Academy, when they were preparing for 
the celebration of their academic year, the 
Sophomores had kidnapped the whole Fresh- 
men Class, and by a pre-arranged plan, experts 
having been hired, had tatooed them all over 
their faces as Indians on the warpath, thus 
leaving a lasting souvenir of class antagonism ! 
Being disfigured for life, they had made the 
best of their misfortune by appearing in the 
role of Indian warriors, delighted that for once 
this misfortune had proven an advantage. 

There was nothing to mar this auspicious oc- 
casion except that, near its close, a trivial wordy 


•demonstration took place between Professor 
Cielo Allenson and an intruder named Carlos 
Don Seville. 

Still, even the most pleasant and successful 
events have their aftermath and this aflEair left 
several of them. When Aurora and Margaret 
entered their rooms heaped with triumphant 
compliments for their consummate skill in 
planning this grand farewell f^te they were 
5ad, sad through an impulsive intuition. 

Hardly had they crossed the threshold of 
their room when they fell into each other's 
arms, sobbing bitterly from the bottom of their 
hearts. Each instinctively knew why the 
other wept. The final class reception had a 
deep significance to them, as it meant that 
graduation day was near at hand. In the nat- 
ural course of events each would now go her 
way to a distant home. It meant separation ! 

Separation! It was impossible for them 
calmly to accept the full significance of that 
word in their infatuation for each other. Some 
time elapsed before either gained sufficient 
composure to speak. Each attempt resulted 
in a collapse and a paroxysm of hysterical 


Margaret, as if dazed with the frenzy of that 
strange passion, clung to Aurora, exclaiming^ 
hysterically : " How can it be, Aurora ? It 
cannot be. It cannot be ! Better death than 
separation ! " 

By the gentle, soothing words of Aurora, 
however, they gradually recovered their com- 
posure, but were not fully pacified until that 
very night they made a solemn compact, bound 
by an inviolable oath, not to make any alli- 
ance with any suitor whatever and to remain 
united to each other in souls until death should 
them part. 

It was that night also that in the height of 
their fatuous ardor of love Aurora wrote an 
impromptu poem of fealty, entitled " Wilt 
Thou Remember Thy Vow?" It revealed the 
intensity of their emotions, their utter subju- 
gation and mutual abandonment of will and 
desire each to the other and its dire revenge 
in the end, if their solemn vow was betrayed. 

Like the poem, the music which was com- 
posed by Margaret, was also an inspiration. 
It interpreted the poem in a sad, sublimely 
pathetic strain, yet at times in bold and threat- 
ening torrents of color and passion. The very 


spirit of the words and the oath, that would be 
their guiding star throughout their lives, surged 
through it In all respects it was a master- 
piece of symphonic creation. 

Historical Events of the 20th Century 

THE senior class of the Diana Seminary 
were assembled in the auditorium, listen- 
ing in a trance of respectful attention to Pro- 
fessor Cielo AUenson. He had just begun his 
review of the historical events of the 20th Cen-^ 
tury, now and then giving his individual com- 
ments upon the subjects presented. 


An Era of False Prosperity 

With the beginning of the 20th Century 
was inaugurated an era of false prosperity. 
The Census Bureau at that time furnishes 
statistics and comments upon the wonderfully 
perceptible decrease of the criminal classes, 
called foot-pads, sneak thieves and highway- 
men, which was attributed chiefly to the ex- 
isting national prosperity. It overlooks the 
fact, however, that a new species of miscreants, 


comparatively more dangerous, had begun to 
thrive like mushrooms in prolific numbers, — 
that of so-called commercial brigands or Anan- 
cial buccaneers who, under fascinating and at- 
tractive names, such as mining syndicates with 
their fabulous deposits of gold, offering buck- 
etf uls of shares for a dime ; banking and build- 
ing loan associations, with palatial homes 
thrown in gratis to every subscriber ; promot- 
ers of illusionary inventions, seeking share- 
holders, which would make them millionaires 
in the twinkling of an eye. 

Alchemists who, with their artful empyrics 
of legerdemain, transmuted base metals into 
gold, and were willing to dispose of their 
precious wares for pennies ; Wall Street and 
race-track spiders posing as benevolent phil- 
anthropists, scattering fortunes right and left 
to every applicant, sapped the avaricious, 
sottish public of its dearly bought earnings. 
Strange to say, despite many colossal expos- 
ures and failures, as these adroit swindlers 
grew more subtle and audacious, the more 
the gambling-crazed public rushed to their 

The effect was appalling. In consequence 


of the depredations of these pirates of indus- 
tries, the reputable business and financial firms 
were the greatest sufferers. Their legitimate 
transactions were paralyzed to such a tremen- 
dous degree that they were compelled to de- 
vise ways and means to counteract its evils. 
In 1908, after mature deliberation at a general 
convention in Washington, it was decided to 
raise ample funds and create a bureau under 
the auspices of the Federal Government called 
the Bureau of Frauds and Swindles. The 
duties imposed upon its oflBcers were the fer- 
reting out and prosecuting of the wild-cat 
schemes and to warn the public against them. 
The measure, being approved by the Nation- 
al Government, had the desired effect of free- 
ing to a great degree the financial world from 
its parasites of industrial malefactors, and to 
some extent established again the stability and 
integrity of honorable financiers, in the mean- 
while safeguarding foolish persons from being 
fleeced out of their savings. 


The Cataclysm at Martinique 

St. Pierre, Martinique, was destroyed by a 
volcanic eruption of Mount Pele6, on the 


eighth day of May. In a few minutes more 
than thirty thousand human beings were 
hurled into eternity. 


The Mormon Question 

The anti-plural wives laws were enforced to 
the letter. Its emphatic application to all mem- 
bers of the sect was brought about principally by 
the Women's Clubs, whose persistent and over- 
whelming aggressiveness played an important 
factor in the stamping out of this demoralizing 
and materialistic religion. In this era of civ- 
ilization the existence of a religious organiza- 
tion of this character, like a cancerous growth, 
was threatening to debase womanhood and 
lead the communities to unbridled licentious- 


Capital and Labor 

Every new movement, be it religious, polit- 
ical or economic, has its birth like a volcano, 
and unionism was no exception to this rule. 
The labor unions at first had their violent agi- 
tators who, possessing greater physical than 
mental calibre, laid the crude foundation of a 


force in an arbitrary manner that consequentljr 
had its gradual evolution of development. 

Their constant conflicts with capital were 
characterized by an unreasonable amount of 
physical argument which resulted in more or 
less disastrous denouements, but these very acts 
of lawlessness and disturbances awakened -a 
third party, the consumers in general, wha 
were equally affected by the disturbances be- 
tween capital and labor and brought about a 
realization of the true relative positions. 

Labor certainly has its unalienable rights 
and was entitled to due consideration and jus- 
tice. However, like the negative and positive 
poles of electricity, which are both essential in 
order that a circuit of effective force be gener- 
ated, capital and labor likewise had their dual 
relative values of importance, without which 
there could be no constancy of harmonious 

By the gradual awakening of both capital 
and labor to their true limitations, the ques- 
tions involved began to assume a more intelli- 
gent basis under the codes of arbitration. At 
the same time the violent agitators of labor 
were succeeded in the trend of this onward 


-development by more intelligent organizers. 
These latter were merged into accomplished, 
rational leaders and, through the efficient 
medium of the ballot box, into national repre- 
sentatives. Consequently, the more dignified, 
orderly and responsible labor became, the more 
the workers became entitled to the benefits of 
their labor. 

A Department of Capital and Labor which, 
so far, had been merely probationary now be- 
came a permanent institution at the Capitol 
and in every State of the Union as well. 


The Expense of Living 

It is one of the strangest inconsistencies of 
social problems, that although political econ- 
omists and scholars have preached the doctrine, 
that inventions and improved methods in me- 
chanical lines contribute to the blessings of 
mankind by cheapening the necessities of life, 
yet in spite of their plausible declarations, the 
cost of living year by year grew higher and 
higher, entailing untold sujBFering and despair 
among the poorer classes. 

The cause of this lamentable perversion was 


due to a certain clique of unscruptilous progeny 
of Mammon, called trusts and corporations, 
who, being blinded with an insatiable desire 
for pelf and lust, and stupefied with a frenzied 
avarice, monopolized all the necessities of life. 
The vast occidental domain of our country 
was of unlimited resources and was capable of 
producing in abundance the products which 
they " cornered." The modus operandi di their 
rapacious operations were manifold. They 
limited the output of Nature's bounty in order 
to keep them at prohibitive values, and at the 
same time deprived hosts of sons of toil of 
earning their livelihood. They kept at their 
inoperative mercy — ^by their abominable tac- 
tics of purchase — the producer from receiving 
his just share, and they also mulcted the help- 
less consumer by the unlimited inflation of 
their capital stock and fictitious expenses un- 
til at length the burden of their avarice be- 
came unendurable. 

Although attempts have repeatedly been 
made by sincere executives of the Nation, by 
the advocation of measures for curbing the 
rapacity of these trusts, their endeavors met 
with failure on account of the vag^e and flex- 


ible laws already in existence, and by the ar- 
ray of sycophantic traitors in high circles who 
prevented any legislation which was conducive 
to the tranquility and welfare of the masses. 
At last, only after a series of sanguinary dem- 
onstrations by the people which almost endan- 
gered the stability of the republic, they were 
compelled to yield. 

By the passage of clearly defined laws the 
career of their nefarious system of spoliation 
was brought to an end. One of the most effi- 
cacious laws passed was the creation of a body 
of competent men of supreme power who 
appraised approximately the capitalization of 
these concerns and licensed them as such un- 
der oath. The States in the meantime as- 
sumed the power of fixing a maximum value 
for which their commodities might be placed 
on the market. By the above legislations the 
inflation of their capital and extortion from 
the consumer were made securely impossible. 


Death of an Eminent Scholar 

Professor Henry Richfield, a profound schol- 
ar, and the author of " How to Get Rich " — a 


ponderous work in twelve octavo volumes — 
passed away in an attic, in abject penury and 


The Annihilation of Mosquitoes 

Although the mortality statistics in the 
United States for last year reached the round 
number of two million persons from various 
diseases, among them chiefly from consump- 
tion, pneumonia, typhoid fever and epidemics 
of smallpox and diphtheria, a few sporadic 
cases of death were recorded resulting from 
mosquito bites, which gave grave concern to 
the medical fraternity. 

The outcome of this alarm was the calling 
of a general conference of bacteriological ex- 
perts. The mosquito, • that had hitherto en- 
joyed unbridled freedom since the creation of 
his race, was now looked upon as the arch 
enemy of mankind. A noted philanthropist, 
interested in oil wells and having on hand a 
great bulk of unmarketable crude petroleum, 
donated a large sum for research in order to 
discover ways and means of curbing the rav- 
ages of these nefarious pests which threatened 
the annihilation of the human race. 


It was decided by the savants, that the dis- 
tribution of crude petroleum in stagnant pools 
and humid marshes, was the only effective 
method for the extermination of mosquito life. 
The distribution of greenbacks for their valu- 
able services, (notwithstanding the fact that 
under the microscope they were found to con- 
tain two hundred and fifty-seven diseases and 
thirty-eight million microbes to the square 
inch), were grabbed with unprecedented avidi- 
ty by these same specialists, 


Child Labor 

The dwarfing and crippling of the mental, 
moral and physical growth of tender children, 
by the avaricious employers, and its baleful 
consequence of peopling the community with 
moral and bodily degenerates, devoid of the 
desirable elements of good citizenship, had be- 
come so appallingly flagrant that a general 
sentiment of the people was aroused in a 
mighty protest to the Federal authorities. 

Thanks to the aggressive and strenuous leg- 
islative warfare of Labor Unions in every 
State, aided by the persistent moral agitation 


of Women's Clubs all over the country, child 
labor was entirely abolished in many channels 
of industries, such as mills, factories, collieries 
and plantations. In more gentle occupations 
the employment of minors, was placed on a 
healthier and more humane basis than had 
ever before been the case. 


The Qreat Radium Swindle 

The fabulously high price of this metal had 
awakened the cupidity of a coterie of adroit 
schemers who, had palmed off on unsuspecting 
men of science, a rank substitute which cost 
only a trifle to manufacture. 

After securing an enormous sum pf money, 
the schemers had decamped to parts unknown. 

It was discovered that the spurious metal 
thus disposed was nothing more than a highly 
compressed form of phosphorous. 


Death of an Eminent Physician 

Dr. Wisehardt, the brilliant young physician 
and surgeon who discovered the electro-mag- 
netic germ-cells of life, and invented methods 
to prolong life itself by the cultivation of these 


cells, died in the 27th year of his age from 
premature senility. 


A Tidal Wave 

The most memorable event of this year was 
a gigantic tidal wave of tremendous height, 
which swept over the lower coast of Florida. 
In a few minutes it inundated and destroyed a 
^ast area of the coast, doing incalculable dam- 
age to shipping. It was estimated that nearly 
fifteen thousand persons lost their lives in this 


War Between United States and Columbia 

The stubborn attitude of the Central Ameri- 
can Republic, Columbia, towards the United 
States, by her menacing antagonism to the con- 
struction of the interoceanic canal, gradually 
created a breach of the peace that led ultimately 
to a forcible demonstration by the United States, 
and precipitated the invasion by the latter of 
the Republic of Panama. 

Peace was re-established after a crushing de- 
feat of the Columbians. The famous water- 


way, the Republic of Panama, then became 
United States territory, by annexation. 


The Women's Clubs 

The Women's Clubs which, during their 
first inception, were the subject of much ridi- 
cule, and the proceedings of their meetings a 
theme for ribald jokes in the secular press, 
gradually developed into such gigantic propor- 
tions that their influence became a powerful 
factor in every public question of the day, and 
in fact so continues unabated unto this day. 

The last Federal statistics show more than 
two thousand Institutions in the form of sani- 
tariums, refuges, technical schools of practical 
utility, entirely under the auspices of Club 
Women. The constitutions of these laudable 
organizations " invariably stand for something 
which is ennobling " and their achievements 
are monumental tributes to the upward trend 
of womanhood. 

There was, however, a crucial period in their 
affairs worth mentioning. Some of these noble 
but over-zealous women of that period, in their 
exuberant enthusiasm for woman's rights, for- 


getting the limitations of their sex,— consid- 
ered by the greatest thinkers of the past ages 
to be the sphere of Home, — ^agitated a propa- 
ganda of political equality or suffrage and, 
from time to time, created a stir among their 
organizations until at last, in 1918, the Nat- 
ional Federation of Women's Clubs decided to 
hold a conclave in order to decide the follow- 
ing momentous question: "Should Women 
Enter Politics?" 

More than four thousand five hundred dele- 
gates from all over the Union assembled at 
Madison Square Garden, in New York City. 
Sympathizers of the suffragists with their elo- 
quence tried to railroad through a measure in 
their behalf, but equally able leaders of the 
opposition — ^benefitted by the warning of Sages 
— ^succeeded in counterbalancing the efforts of 
their fair antagonists. 

After a heated symposium the question was 
put to a vote, which resulted decisively in a 
victory for those who opposed the movement. 
It was further voted, that they should confine 
all their energies to civic, educational and hu- 
manitarian channels and things pertaining to 
Home. This was a most happy and wise de- 


cision, for the world at large needs mothers 
who will beget and nurse a Florence Nightin- 
gale, a Clara Biirton, a Washington or a Lin- 
coln, rather than mothers who would become 
a Jezebel, a Delilah or a Cleopatra, 


The Tornado 

A cyclonic tornado of intense velocity and 
destructive force struck New York City, de- 
molishing in its path, in the shape of a semi- 
circle from the Battery to Twenty-third Street, 
West, two hundred and seventy-five buildings. 
Fortunately, the day being a holiday, the loss 
of life was comparatively small. 


The Power of the Press 

Through emancipation from its shackles of 
monarchic censorship and subserviency to des- 
potic masters, the upward rise of the Press to 
usefulness and power was without a parallel — 
a power to which even Napoleon Bonaparte 
was sensible when he said, " I fear three news- 
papers more than a hundred thousand bayo- 
nets." But like everything else in the uni- 
verse, the Press also had its dual potentiality.. 


Like a two-edged sword, it could be wielded 
for good or evil. In the bands of an unscrupu- 
lous politician it was a treacherous weapon, 
while in the control of the righteous citizen a 
tremendous power for good. 

Thus the Press for many decades, subsidized 
by the traitorous capitalist and under the guise 
of a pious mask, catered to the evil designs of 
the plutocracy until the gradual awakening of 
the people through the independent press at 
last understood their hypocrisy. 

The independent press, however, attained 
its highest degree of efficiency by the estab- 
lishment of the College of Journalism. Its 
foundation slogan, publicity on all political and 
economic questions, had created a force of 
trained journalists — z. force "mightier than 
the sword " and in a manner far more pene- 
trating than the X-ray — pledged to defend the 
rights of the citizens. By an educational prop- 
aganda it taught the masses how to eradicate 
existing evils by the mere exercise of their un- 
alienable right, the ballot box. Indeed in a 
government " of the people, for the people and 
by the people," resort to force or revolution 
was absolutely unnecessary, while these two 


most effectual weapons the world had ever 
seen, the voting power and the free press, were 
at their command. 


Balloons and Airships 

Strange to say, from the time of Archytas 
of Tarantum to Otto Lilienthal, and from 
Montgoflier Bros, to Santos Dumont, Bell, 
Maxim and Langley, very little or no progress 
had been made in practical and safe aerial 

Though all these inventors, whether cranks 
with a smattering of mechanical knowledge, 
or veritable savants and scientists, efficient in 
physics according to their own accounts, had 
studied the subject of aerial flight from the 
fowls of the air, the failure of their experi- 
ments showed that they were far from grasping 
the mysteries of that subtle sagacity and subcon- 
sciousness of the birds, by which they balanced 
themselves against the currents and velocity 
of the winds, and by their intuitive sensitive- 
ness, utilized to the fullest extent their vast 
number of muscles and feathers with such 
marvelous subtlety. 


Like the Italian alchemist in the middle 
ages, who had constructed the wings of his 
flying machine with feathers gathered from a 
dunghill, and who, when attempting to fly, 
had found himself dumped, by a strange sym- 
pathetic affinity, on the very dunghill from 
which he had gathered the feathers, the efforts 
likewise, of these illustrious experimenters were 
crowned by successful failures, by a similar 
force of attraction, their apparatus either alight- 
ing on the branches of trees, or diving into 
the waters like ducks. 

At the beginning of the 20th Century, the 
consensus of scientific opinion had reached the 
conclusion, that the successful flying machine 
of the future would be one, which would be 
heavier than air and with either a very small 
balloon or none at all. The various forms of 
balloons and flying craft, exhibited at the St 
Louis exposition became an incentive for re- 
newed efforts by scientists to solve the problem 
of aerial flight and continued with unremitting 
zest for nearly a quarter of a century. 

It was in the early part of 1919 that the 
science of aeronautics was radically improved 
by the discovery of a process for hardening 


and soldering of Aluminum, by which com- 
paratively light but strong framework and 
machinery were constructed, and thus gradu- 
ally the elimination of inflated balloons had 
become possible. 


The Flood in Mississippi Valley 

In the spring of this year the Mississippi 
Valley was flooded and submerged by terrible 
cloudbursts which, combined with melting of 
snows on the mountains, and subsequent burst- 
ing of dams and levees, devastated a vast area. 
According to records the lives lost in the in- 
undated districts reached the total of sixty 


Ufiiform Divorce Laws 

The unprecedented increase of divorces all 
over the United States and the attendant scan- 
dalous proceedings at the courts had reached 
such a maximum, and its baneful influence on 
the public morals had developed into such a 
point of danger that, a great awakening among 
the clergy and lawmakers of the nation was 


the result At a conclave of representatives 
of the legal profession from every State in the 
Union, was promulgated a uniform divorce 
law for the United States of America. 


The Zionist Movement 


The Bursting: of the Zion Bubble 

The Zionist movement which for thirty years 
past gained more than two million converts 
and within that period had collected more than 
fifteen million dollars, was declared impractic- 
able and illusionary ! 

The estimable originators of this sentiment- 
al movement, Herzle, Nordau, Zangwill and 
others, although beyond the shadow of a doubt 
sincere and well-meaning, through the intensi- 
ty of their zeal for the amelioration of their 
less fortunate brethren, were entirely blind- 
folded to the intricacies of politics and the 
eventful history of the Jewish race, from an 
ethnological and psychological point of view. 

Some of these true yet misguided philanthro- 
pists had passed away and other leaders, less 
impressed with the object of the society, had 


taken their places. As the Jews are not a 
pioneer race, the magnanimous scheme of the 
British government to place them upon a tract 
of virgin soil at Uganda, in Central Africa^ 
for the purpose of colonization proved chaotic 
failure, on account of both sociological and 
economic reasons. 

The idea also of establishing a Jewish prin- 
cipality in Palestine, under an absolutely des- 
potic and semi-barbarous government — ^which 
butchered her subjects ad libitum — ^was so 
ridiculous in the extreme, that the questions 
had become the laughing stock at the political 
sanctus sanctorums of various governments. 

In 1923 a tremendous agitation was brought 
about by the leaders of the opposition, and 
those in power of the movement were chal- 
lenged to public debate. The question grew 
to such proportions thdt it became a subject 
for discussion in every orthodox and gentile 
pulpit In the press, sociologists, ethnologists 
and anthropologists took part in the ephemeral 
arena and analyzed every phase of the subject, 
relating to the Hebrew race and the Zionist 
movement, laying bare every fact without 


It was stated by the opposition that though 
a stream of money had been pouring in from 
every quarter of the globe year after year, for 
the cause, no result as yet had been obtained, 
that great sums had been spent in salaries of 
the oiEcials and at the dilly-dallying, corrupt 
courts of the Turkish Sultan. 

A learned sociologist likened the Hebrews 
to a parasitic plant, which derived its existence 
from the living sap of another. " An Israelite " 
he declared, " can only exist favorably amongst 
civilized centres of Christian and gentile com- 
munities; that whenever a colony of Hebrews 
were isolated by themselves, they would inev- 
itably and gradually retrograde, impoverish 
and at last form a ghetto of misery and squalor." 

Another ethnologist of repute expounded 
the fact, that the Jews were the life and es- 
sence of commercial activity and consequently 
formed an integral part of a prosperous com- 
mon-wealth. Sublimely industrious, instinct- 
ively provident and economical by nature, the 
Jews were persecuted because of their inherent 
virtues. He proved by clever historical docu- 
ments, that their expulsion from Babylon, 
Egypt, Spain, Russia or wherever their rights 


were abrogated, were the fundamental causes 
of the decadence of these countries from which 
they were expelled. 

Others accused the Hebrews of perverting 
the Golden Rule, of taking advantage of others 
by their inborn instinct of commercial sagaci- 
ty, which well nigh approached unscrupulous- 
ness and that, being a mere commercial people, 
their patriotism could well be challenged. 
Many others advised, however, a propaganda 
of judicious assimilation of the Israelite with 
the Christians, contending that the sum total 
of their virtues and faults was the same as that 
of their Christian brethren. Meanwhile they ad- 
vised the Jews that " wherever they lived they 
ought to make there, their Zions and temples." 

After much heated argument and discussion 
which occupied several days, they at last ar- 
rived at the conclusion that the Zionist move- 
ment was chimerical ! The balance of the 
funds amounting to many million dollars were 
voted for the establishment of technical and 
commercial schools for Israelites and for a 
fund to aid the judicious emigration of the 
Jews from ill-favored and congested districts 
to more favorable localities. 



The Ans:lo-Americafi Alliance 

The Anglo-American Alliance, by which 
these two foremost nations of the earth were 
brought into a happy, fraternal union, and for 
the achievement of which for nearly a quarter 
of a century there had been a great efEort, in 
this year had become an accomplished fact I 

It was celebrated in a manner unprecedent- 
ed in the annals of the World's history. Hav- 
ing a profound and far reaching effect, it be- 
came an ultimatum for other nations to keep 
the peace, and goaded them toward the adop- 
tion of similar laws, in order to secure the 
same reciprocal blessings of universal brother- 

Much credit was due to that eminent Eng- 
lish statesman, now Lord Cunningham, through 
whose tactful diplomacy this long-sought com- 
mercial, social, offensive and defensive alliance 
became a reality. " I am restrained," said the 
Professor, looking in the direction of Aurora 
Cunningham, " to avoid eulogizing him as he 
justly deserves, for obvious reasons." 

At this sentence the students, under the im- 
pulse of a sudden admiration, arose to their 


feet en masse, and, glancing smilingly at Au- 
rora, began rapturously to clap their hands. 

This interruption of sympathetic apprecia- 
tion was brought to a close, by a ringing cry of 
the Seminary yell : " Dee, Dee, Ya, Ya, Na, 
Na, Diana. Hurrah ! Hurrah ! ! Hurrah I ! ! " 

Aurora, blushing deeply, gracefully bowed 
her acknowledgement and in due form the 
class was dismissed for the day. 

The Fistic Duel 

THE evening following the moonlight f €te, 
a little after sunset when the western 
sky, stained with a luminous golden hue, had 
spread on verdant hills and valleys its radiance 
of languorous serenity, two motor cyclists were 
speeding along on a secluded path that led in- 
to the main highway, from the Diana Semi- 
nary to the West Point Military Academy. 
The one in advance was wheeling in a leisure- 
ly way, while the one behind exerted greater 
speed, as if in pursuit of the other. He was 
gaining rapidly so that in a very few minutes 
the foremost was overtaken, as they both 
reached a wooden bridge, spanning a small 
body of water. 

Both came suddenly to a stop and dismount- 
ed. They were Professor Cielo Allenson and 
Carlos Don Seville. Don Seville, stung by 


the rebuke which the Professor had adminis- 
tered to him the night previous at the Semi- 
nary, had decided to take the cowardly course 
of waylaying the instructor, in this lonely path, 
in order to avenge himself for the righteous 
verbal punishment the latter had given him. 

Carlos Don Seville was a degenerate scion 
of a once noble Spanish family, who had set- 
tled in the United States and, like many such 
oflFspring, was engaged in sowing his wild oats. 
Financially dependent on a small income, he 
was always at his wit's end in order to secure 
money with which to continue his reckless 
profligacy. Being inherently foolish and im- 
provident, he always had the illusion that some 
day " something would turn up," and encour- 
aged by this belief he had recourse to gamb- 
ling and speculation. As soon as he received 
his dwindled allowance, he made himself a 
willing prey of card sharps and get-rich-quick 

Lately, however, he had conceived the idea 
of marrying an heiress, and for that purpose 
he was hovering about Diana Seminary, annoy- 
ing the young ladies by his unsolicited atten- 
tions, or by brazen audacity intruding uncere- 


inoniously upon their receptions. His snob- 
bish mendacity reached its climax when at the 
night of the moonlight soiree he accosted Au- 
rora and Margaret at the intermission of the 
dance, while they were sauntering arm-in-arm 
along the parterre to a trysting nook. 

Notwithstanding Margaret's bold declara- 
tion of the previous day, that she wanted to 
give the " Jewsky " a piece of her mind, the 
feminine temerity and reserve had ^taken pos- 
session of her. The minute they saw him ad- 
vance they took to their heels, and scampered 
back with appealing gestures toward Professor 
AUenson who, divining at once the situation, 
came gallantly to their rescue, giving Don Sev- 
ille a scathing reprimand and commanding him 
to depart, " unless he desired," announced the 
Professor, "to be skinned alive by the war 
dogs of the Military Academy." 

Don Seville, frightened and abashed, beat an 
inglorious retreat and disappeared. 

Professor Cielo Allenson, better known at 
the Military Academy as the "Old Guard," 
was a venerable man past seventy. He had a 
bighly intellectual countenance and his silvery 
white hair and patriarchal beard gave him 


a noble dignity which commanded respect. 
His strenuous virility and inexhaustible energy 
was ever a lesson and a rebuke ^o the many 
indolent youths who came in contact with him* 
He was a philosopher of the first rank and an 
intense lover of nature. Imbued with the 
deeper knowledge of the subtle workings of 
natural phenomena, " he could not draw a 
line," he would say, "between the manifesta- 
tions of human, animal and vegetable king- 

" Halt you d d old cur ! I demand no 

apology, but satisfaction," snarled Don Seville 
abruptly, his face livid with anger. 

For a second the Professor was taken aback. 
But in that very second, through his intuitive 
and resourceful mind flashed the fact that he 
was "cornered." He was not a man easily 
frightened, for as a Major of Volunteers during 
the Panama and Columbian trouble, and while 
in his teens, he had led on his handful of men 
up the hills against the ramparts of the enemy. 

But a problem which required instantaneous 
solution was now presented to him by .Carlos 
Don Seville. It was a problem which neither 
diplomacy, moral persuasion nor flight of ora- 


tory could solve. He realized in that very- 
second that the only way out of this difficulty 
was to take the coward at his word. It was 
to be a fistic encounter to the finish. 

"Apology, I have none to oflFer you sir, 
and am ready to give you such satisfaction as 
you desire," replied the old man with a digni- 
fied firmness. 

A remarkable change had taken place in the 
person of Cielo Allenson. That venerable and 
spirituelle individual had been transformed in 
a twinkling of an eye, into a grim and deter- 
mined looking animal, and like an expert 
gladiator of the fistic arena, he took the atti- 
tude of self-defense. 

The "ring" constituted the platform of the 
wooden bridge, the side rails of which served 
as the partial ropes. There were no seconds 
to goad their favorites into action, no referee 
to decide the doubtful or unlawful blows, no 
gong to mark the rounds, nor time-keeper to 
count the defeated out of action. In the lan- 
guorous glow of the twilight their shadows, 
• reflected in black silhouettes in the placid wa- 
ters below, were the only silent witnesses of 
this remarkable encounter. 


, The contest was constant and in the vernac- 
ular of pugilism, superbly game, fast and furi-^ 
ous ! After the acceptance of the challenge 
there was no parley bettveen them, but by a 
sudden rush, Don Seville with his right hand 
landed a hammering blow on the Professor's 
skull, which the latter parried with his left 
with dexterous agility and thus saved a crisis, 
for if left unchecked the blow would have 
reached his " solar plexus." In rapid succes- 
sion the fight continued, Don Seville taking 
the aggressive and the Professor acting more 
in self-defense. However, as often as oppor- 
tunity presented, the latter put in a few well 
aimed jabs, here and there, on the vital points 
of Don Seville's anatomy. At the same time 
it was apparent that Don Seville was getting 
the best of the contest. The venerable Pro- 
fessor unused to long continued strain of the 
kind, began to experience difficulty in breath- 
ing, and this did not escape Don Seville's ob- 
servation. Shortly, however, a remarkable 
change was visible; the Professor seemed to 
grow stronger with each onslaught he made. 
He had gained his so-called " second wind " 
thereby recouping his adroitness and elasticity- 


With the consummate skill of a scientific 
boxer, several times he feigned signs of weak- 
ness, by giving false openings, of which his 
infuriated antagonist attempted to avail him- 
self, thinking the Professor to be on the verge 
of collapse, only to receive in return several 
well directed right and left swings on the jaw. 
These staggered Don Seville to his knees, but 
he was allowed to rise to his feet by the gen- 
erous tolerance of the Professor, and the con- 
sciousness of this humility caused him to wage 
the attack with reckless fury. With vulgar 
oaths he began to resort to foul tactics, trying 
to hit the defender beyond the limits of decent 

Don Seville's endurance had now come to 
its end. His youth, dissipated by debauchery, 
was undermined of its stability, and in spite 
of the wide disparity of ages the old man had 
Don Seville absolutely in his power. It was 
time, he thought, to terminate these proceed- 
ings, so distasteful and undignified to him, but 
the only way he saw was, to lay aside the tac- 
tics of self defense, and adopt those of a puni- 
tive retaliation. 

With keen alertness he watched for an op- 


portunity and when Don Seville, almost crazed 
with anger, rushed on him for a clinch, entire- 
ly oblivious of the intention of the Professor, 
the latter gave a sudden shift to his position 
by swinging his body away from his antagon- 
ist Don Seville blindly followed him in his 
determination of a desperate onslaught It 
was then that the venerable Allenson shot out 
a driving " right upper cut " to the jaw. 

This was the finale ! Don Seville staggered 
to the rails and toppling over fell with a splash 
into the limpid waters below. 

The Professor promptly jumped down the 
embankment and pulled out his still un- 
conscious adversary. If abandoned in that 
condition the young man might have drowned 
in the shallow waters. The Professor began 
to do all in his power to restore him to conscious- 
ness; just at that time a farmhand on horseback 
appeared on the scene, and by his aid the 
Academy ambulance was summoned and Don 
Seville was taken to the military hospital 

The Pinal Blow 

Historical Events of the 20th Centufy 


A SUBDUED applause greeted the Pro- 
fessor the next day when he entered the 
lecture room to conclude his review of events 
of the- 2oth Century. Many floral bouquets 
were tossed to him by his fair admirers, who 
were augmented from the other classes, on ac- 
count of the full detail of his encounter with 
Don Seville having been spread throughout 
the Seminary. 

The Professor, despite some discoloration on 
his benign visage, flushed crimson like a bash- 
ful child and bowed his acknowledgements, as 
he began his discourse thus : 


Colonization of Central Africa 

A system of general colonization on a large 
scale was, during this year, undertaken by the 


British Government By a new homestead 
law, embodying liberal inducements, a vast 
army of colonists from all over the British do- 
minions were transported to Central Africa. 
Thousands upon thousands of persons from the 
congested districts of London, Glasgow, Liver- 
pool and other large cities, were persuaded to 
leave their limited surroundings and uncon- 
genial atmosphere, and go to the promising 
new land, teeming with boundless opportu- 

Almost the entire inhabitants of the isolated 
islands of the Shetlands and Orkneys, who led 
an indolent life and eked a meagre existence 
by fisheries, joined this grand trek to Central 
Africa. Many thousands from the Canadian 
provinces and from the United States of Amer- 
ica joined this exodus, as did also thousands 
from the East Indies. The thorough and ad- 
mirable manner in which this laudable move- 
ment was handled mitigated the hardships of 
transportation, and thus within a few years 
more than five million, poor, homeless and 
indolent people were given homesteads of 
their own, awakening them into energy and 


Within a decade the population of Central 
Africa reached the grand total of 25,cxx),ooo 
industrious, loyal citizens, forming a flourish- 
ing dependency, enjoying home rule and liber- 
ty, under the protection of British laws and 


The Conflagration of the Atlantic Ocean 

One of the most wonderful and at the same 
time awful conflagrations of its kind on record 
in the history of the world, was that of the ap- 
parent burning of the Atlantic Ocean, covering 
an area one hundred and fifty miles wide. It 
started in the Gulf of Mexico and, like a prairie 
fire, only a thousand times more furious, this 
floating furnace consumed scores of vessels 
that came into its fiery path. 

A few weeks previous to this awful holocaust, 
the petroleum wells in Texas, New Mexico and 
Louisiana had run dry, on account of a severe 
earthquake. It was argued by scientists that, 
by some subterranean convulsions the oil well 
fissures had shifted their course, into the wa- 
ters of the gulf, and the vast accumulation of 
the inflammable fluid, floating on the ocean had 


been ignited, either by an electric spark during 
a thunderstorm, or by some combustible being 
thrown from a sailing craft 


The Court of Labor 

In this year was completed and dedicated 
the Court of Labor at Washington. This was 
an imposing building, in which all the mo- 
mentous labor problems were discussed before 
a tribunal of disinterested justices, through 
the able representatives of each faction, with- 
out resorting to disastrous strikes, lockouts and 
disturbances of public comfort. 

One of the most remarkable features of this 
Cotut of Arbitration was, the colossal group 
erecited between the two grand entrances to 
the tuilding. This was not a semi-nude fe- 
male figure with bandaged eyes, holding in her 
hand the conventional pair of scales, but a 
Herculean figure of Uncle Sam with his starry 
hat and glorious chin whiskers, having three 
faces, three eyes and three arms. Before him 
were a group of three figures which represent- 
ed respectively Capital^ Consumer and Labor. 
In each figure were his eyes wide open and 


alert, bent with searching scrutiny upon the 
person in front, to whom he dispensed the just 
share of each, from a huge cornucopia at his 


Landlordism in America 

One of the most scandalous evils which had 
crept gradually in the United States, and 
eventually became a source of grave anxiety 
to the government, was a system of Lan41ord- 
ism amongst the very rich. While the gener- 
al public were slumbering in blissful ignor- 
ance, this coterie of avaricious syndicates and 
multi-millionaires had mysteriously become 
possessors of vast tracts of lands, in every state 
of the Union. Some of these holdings com- 
prised hundreds and thousands of square miles 
in extent. 

Miles and miles of shore-fronts, immense 
areas of forests, whole mountains and lakes, 
through the conniving, corrupt state and coun- 
ty officials, had passed into the hands of pri- 
vate individuals who, in return had become ex- 
tremely arrogant in their treatment of the pub- 
lic, by unreasonable restriction. 


There seemed to be a mocking sarcasm in 
the fact when common people sang the Nation- 
al Anthem " America," celebrating its hills 
and rills, while at every turn of the road, at 
every shore-front, lake, hill and valley, moun- 
tain and forests, the forbidding sign, " No Tres- 
passing Under Penalty," met their eyes, or the 
repulsive muzzle of the Winchester was thrust 
into their faces by private watchmen. 

This state of affairs had reached such des- 
perate straits, that the public suddenly awak- 
ened on the subject It started first by the pro- 
test of the rougher element in the mountain 
districts, who defied the hired authorities with 
an organized force. The people committed 
acts of violence and incendiarism it is true, but 
by their overt acts they awakened the dormant 
public to realize the enormity of this scandal- 
ous condition of deeding away to millionaires, 
without the consent of the commonweklth, the 
common and inalienable heritage of its citizens. 

By a unanimous uprising and public man- 
date the Federal and State authorities were 
compelled to condemn and confiscate these 
stolen public lands. New laws were then en- 
acted by which the acquiring of extensive 


lands was limited, except for agricultural pur- 

1931 # 

The Discovery of the North Pole 

The North Pole, that mysterious geographi- 
cal locality which for centuries had baffled sci- 
entists and explorers, was located and verified 
by the combined efforts of American and Brit- 
ish Governments. The expedition was on a 
gigantic scale, the force of the explorers being 
in round numbers two thousand five hundred 
persons who by a system of depots and rendez- 
vous for supplies, formed almost a continuous 

All the latest devices in the form of dyna- 
mo-vans and motor-sleds, with balloon attach- 
ments were employed in the undertaking. 
Strange to say the casualties did not exceed 
more than ten per cent of the expeditionary 
force. It was discovered, to the great surprise 
of scientists, that the locality was nothing 
more than a plateau, studded with cones of ice ! 


Cure for Laziness 

The discovery, by an American, of a germi- 


cide for indolence was announced during this 
year, by which lethargic persons were regen- 
erated into acute activity. It was a concen- 
trated double extract of pitch-blend, contain- 
ing the radio active element, and when applied 
to certain parts of the body, it instantaneously 
transformed the feeling of laziness and ennui, 
into one of hustling energy and alertness. 

The negroes of the Southern States, the 
natives of tropical countries and also officials 
in the police departments of large cities, were 
the ones benefitted by this "golden medical 
discovery ! '' 


Capital Punishment 

The abolishment of capital punishment in 
many States of the Union, through the impul- 
sive sentimentality of a minority, had given 
birth to an old time evil, that of feudalism. It 
was well for people preaching mercy for mur- 
derers, when somebody else was the victim, but 
when the crime was perpetrated against one 
o£ their homes, their feelings were entirely 
changed. The increase of vendetta was the 
result, and it occurred with such a lamentable 


degree of frequency, that the old uncontrovert- 
ible Mosaic law, blood for blood, and life for 
life was re-established. 


Abolition off Hereditary Titles in England 

The agitation for the abolition of hereditary 
titles in England caused a crisis in the politi- 
cal and social world of Great Britain. The de- 
generacy of hereditary nobles, their utter inca- 
pacity adequately to fill the positions left by 
their illustrious ancestors, to the detriment and 
retrogression of the British government, was 
the main cause of bringing about this bloodless 
internecine revolution. 

Despite the most strenuous opposition by 
the friends of the nobles, a new law was added 
to the revised Magna Charta, by an over- 
whelming public demand. With few excep- 
tions, it nullified the existing titles, and ele- 
vated to peerage only worthy citizens for life, 
on condition of the good behavior of the in- 
cumbent. This excellent law brought fresh 
and saving blood into the political and civic 
life of England. The movement precipitated 
the abandonment of the House of Lords and 


created in its stead a body called Senatorium, 
whose members were elected by the tax-paying 


Blowing the Earth Into Fras:iiieiits 

The most remarkable sensation of this year 
was that of a German scientist and statistician 
who, after a thorough investigation and math- 
ematical calculation, announced his conclu- 
sions, that it was in the range of collective 
human power, that is, by the combined aid of 
labor, time, money and high explosives, to rend 
the earth in twain, or into fragments, and thus 
create new planets in space, producing new 
climatic conditions, fauna and life, adaptable 
to their new positions in the solar system. 


An American Penal Colony 

The census of this year revealed an unpre- 
cedented number of evil-doers; causing great 
anxiety to the Government. There were re- 
corded ninety-two thousand criminals in pris- 
ons and seventy-six thousand paupers in the 
poor houses. This army of public charges cost 


the State authorities more than thirty million 
dollars for their maintenance. 

At last by the stress of popular agitation the 
government adopted a policy of penal coloni- 
zation. Selecting a desirable island in the 
Philippines, the Federal authorities succeeded 
in transporting to the island, within three 
years, and with half the cost of their main- 
tenance at home, one hundred thousand of 
these unfortunate malefactors. 

Here, they were given every facility and aid, 
for acquiring and building of homes, farms and 
factories, and within ten years, under a wise 
military administration more than half of that 
number were reclaimed, forming a prosperous 
and loyal community in the Eastern Hemi- 


The Qreat Telescope 

With the munificent contributions to a gen- 
eral fund, amounting to two million dollars, 
by the English, American and French Govern- 
ments, the greatest telescope which the world 
has ever known was constructed in Paris. Its 
lenses measured more than two meters in 


diameter which, combined with a mammoth 
revolving camera obscura, brought the moon 
and some of the planets within the range of 
visual observation, revealing on Venus and 
Mars the existence of vegetation and moving 


The Earth An Electric Motor 

Emil Flammarion, the worthy grandson of 
the eminent French astronomer, demonstrated 
by an extremely clever mechanical contrivance 
in Vacuo, that the Earth was merely an electric 
Motor in space ! 


The Trend off Religious Thought 

Religious thought or spiritual belief is not 
an invention of mortals. It is an inborn attri- 
bute of the human mind. While man was in 
his savage or semi-barbarous stage, the ethical 
and spiritual conceptions were corresponding- 
ly crude and religious warfare predominated. 
With the advance of civilization its develop- 
ment kept pace with it until at the dawn of the 
twentieth century it had undergone, by natur- 
al evolution, a marked metamorphosis. 


It gradually divested itself of its legendary 
mysticism, fantastic dogmas and spectacular 
schisms, and all intelligent thinkers promul- 
gated a propaganda, not of external forms of 
worship, but those uncontrovertible basic 
truths, which always will hold. 

It is true that in an era of comn^ercial ma- 
terialism great masses of people embraced ag- 
nosticism and ethical culture, rejecting that 
supernatural conception of a first cause of 
which they claimed their limited intellect had 
a vague idea and was deeper than the hazy 
human comprehension, yet, the shallow Inger- 
solian philosophy of attacking a force — which 
filled millions with hope and goaded them to 
self-sacrifice, mercy and charity — without sub- 
stituting something better, was repudiated by 
the intelligent, and appealed only to the ab- 
normal and the foolish. 

This tendency of materialism in religion 
continued unabated, until the startling an- 
nouncement of a German scientist — who 
claimed it was within human power to rend 
the world in twain — ^also the marvelous reve- 
lation through the mammoth telescope — ^by 
^hich was discovered moving objects and veg- 


etation in other planets — brought on an acute 
crisis. A tremendous religious revival swept 
all . over the world. It expanded the mental 
horizon of human conceptions. The existence 
of living organism in other spheres came with- 
in rational deductions. The possible existence 
of beings far superior in intellect to ourselves, 
came within the limit of legitimate theoriza- 
tions, and the more men began to grasp with 
the co-operation of science, the infinite vastness 
of the universe, with its numberless millions 
of habitable worlds, the probability of an in- 
telligent force of vast creative power came 
within the scope of human understanding. 

The forceful passage in the Holy Writ " that 
God created man in his own image " became 
more and more lucid. Consequently the pan- 
theism of the old Greeks were revived with 
more clearness, and the existence of a personal 
God somewhere in this boundless universe ap- 
pealed to multitudes with new zest. 

" Pray, Professor, what is your opinion of a 
first cause? " ventured one of the students. 

"There are so many mysterious forces," 
answered the Professor, "that although we 
cannot see, yet we feel their power and are 


conscious of their results. And as our mortal 
organism cannot conceive a thought which is 
beyond its own limitations, the very idea of our 
thought of a first cause falls within the range 
of human conceptions. 

When we gaze at an automobile, which is 
the creation of a creature, we see a wonderful 
parallelism; its requirements to make it an ac- 
tive energy, bears a strong analogy of its in- 
ventor, yet, an automobile with all its require- 
ments for power supplied, is a worthless mass, 
unless operated and guided by its creator. 
Does not this vast universe with all its wonder- 
ful manifestations suggest a creative force, 
which governs it ? " 

" Albeit, it is not within my province nor in 
my power to penetrate the veil " continued the 
Professor, looking up in pensive mood. But 
as the coral protoplasm begins its edifice from 
the calcerous mire in the dark recesses of the 
ocean, upwards through the murky and semi- 
transparent liquid, finally reaches the pelucid 
surface, kisses the wave and sees the light, me- 
thinks likewise, the spiritual perceptions of 
mankind which has grown from the depths of 
savagery and through the maze of intolerance^ 


dogmas and schisms, will go onward in its ev- 
olution and perhaps our posterity will at last 
penetrate the mystic veil and see the light,— 


The Birthday Anniversary off Noted Centenarians 

" Lithia Bingham," *' Young Dr. Bray " and 
" Sister Eddy " received the homage and con- 
gratulations of millions of their admirers, on 
their hundred and fiftieth birthday anniversary. 

The remarkable longevity of this trio of 
Methuselahs was attributed, in the case of the 
two first mentioned, to their own " cure all " 
concoctions, and the last, to her scientific reve- 
lation of thinking that, there is no such thing 
as pain or death ! 

*' In closing this review of historical events," 
said the Professor looking around the auditori- 
um, " there are a few other important happen- 
ings that bring us to the present decade. • 

The remarkable decadence of Germany under 
a Socialistic regime, a doctrine, that although 
theoretically seems to be so desirably altruistic, 
convincing, and in poetry sounds so well, but 
in practise has proved to be determental to a 


life of strenuous efiforts, and suicidal to individ- 
ual ambitions — conditions which are eminent- 
ly essential to growing and prosperous com- 

The consequent exodus of Teutons to other 
parts of the world that promised freedom to 
independent action. 

The political union of Spain and Portugal. 

The re-conquest by France of Alsacfe Lorain. 

The puerile uprising by a section of Irish 
people against England are still fresh in our 
memory — and to which most of you have been 
eye-witnesses — are some of the events worthy 
of record." 

Here the Professor, after a pause, changed 
his subject to future possibilities and, present- 
ing to the class in eloquent words a glowing, 
optimistic picture of conditions for future gen- 
erations, brought his discussion to a close. 
When he stepped down from the rostrum he 
was at once surrounded by the entire class and 
was tendered an impromptu but agreeable 

The Regatta 

THERE was still one great event before 
the closing of the academic year of the 
Diana Seminary Seniors, in which the class 
had taken extraordinary interest. It was the 
first time in the history of the Seminary that 
students were to take part in aquatic sports 
against male contestants. The day for the 
great handicap regatta — a four-oared afifair — 
between the Senior class of the Seminary and 
the Sophomore class of the West Point Mili- 
tary Academy followed directly after gradua- 
tion, — ^the class grade being the handicap al- 
lowed to the Seminary girls. 

Aurora and Margaret, after their avowal and 
covenant, were again in normal condition, 
cheerful as of yore, and as they were the most 
available pair for the aquatic contest, from the 
beginning they had been chosen unanimously 



as the exponents of the class of i960, and they 
went into the execution of the sport with vim 
and enthusiasm. 

As the event was a unique one, it had be- 
come the most lively topic of conversation 
among the people, and long before it took 
place had caused widespread interest in the 
country. Having been advertised and ex- 
ploited extensively in the daily press, it is 
needless to say that an unusually large con- 
course of visitors had arrived by land and 
water to witness the classic and unusual 

The course of the race was laid near Pough- 
keepsie and was in the shape of a heart, that 
is, starting at a given point, side by side, they 
raced about half a mile abreast, then one crew 
turning to port and the other to starboard, di- 
verging in a parabolic circle, passed each other 
in the center within a short distance of the 
starting point, and making counter-circles 
started on the home run, again abreast {See 
diagram^ page po,) 

The personnel of the Seminary crew con- 
sisted of the following young ladies : Aurora 
Cunningham, coxswain ; Margaret MacDonald, 



stroke ; Horatia Seymour, number one ; Eimice 
Ward, number two ; and Norma Southworth 
at the bow. 

When the pieliminary signal to make ready 
was given, both the crews rowed gracefully to 



the starting ground and began to manoeuvre. 
At the sharp report of the signal gun, the two 
shells shot past the line almost abreast, amidst 
deafening acclamation from the spectators on 
the shore and the shrill tooting and whistling 


of the sailing craft of every description that 
had formed almost a compact circle around the 

The calm and pleasant weather had allowed 
the waters of the Hudson to run as smooth as 
a looking-glass, except for the turbulence 
caused by the ever restless pleasure boats 
thronged with sightseers, each endeavoring to 
get a better vantage point of the impending 
struggle. As the contest progressed, the inter- 
est of the watchers began to increase. Thous- 
ands of field and marine glasses and lorgnettes 
were leveled at the racers as they sped along 
the course. 

The teams had now reached the point of di- 
vergence, and had begun to recede from each 
other at every stroke on their parabolic circuit, 
the boys turning to port and the girls to star- 
board. But alas ! Hardly had the Seminary 
shell advanced half a dozen strokes when, by 
some unexpected and inexplicable accident, 
Margaret's feet slipped oflE the foot guard and, 
in an instant, she was thrown into the waters 
of the Hudson, the shell meanwhile gliding 
swiftly by. 

Instantly the air was filled by a deafening 


cry of dismay from the throats of thousands 
of eager spectators, coupled with piercing 
whistles of the steamboats. What a moment 
of anguish for the Diana Seminary girls! 
What a shocking sense of humiliation for the 
fair contestants ! To think that in an event 
so crucial for their honor and standing, such 
an unforeseen disaster should overwhelm them ! 

But fate was with them. It was decreed 
that such a catastrophe should happen in order 
to heighten the grandeur of their ultimate vie* 
tory. While the spectators were still paralyzed 
with the awful situation before them, there 
was activity and heroism among the Diana 
mermaids in the shell. The instant Aurora 
with her alert eyes saw Margaret's mishap, 
she realized at once the situation and before 
the shell had glided past, she leaned over and 
caught Margaret by the hair. By the same 
impulsive and almost animal agility, Margaret 
grasped Aurora's arm and in another moment, 
with less loss of tinie than would seem possi- 
ble, she was again in the shell. In a twink- 
ling of an eye the breathless girl had resumed 
her place at the oar as if nothing had happened. 

Aware of the loss of distance by this un- 

On the ** Homestretch »» 


toward accident, which was, in fact, more than 
four boats' length, but undismayed and as if 
invigorated by her impromptu bath, in order 
to recover lost ground Margaret set the pace 
at a higher speed and forged ahead with might 
and main. When the throngs on land and 
water realized what had happened the din of 
exultation and cheering was beyond descrip- 
tion and this did not abate until the race was 
finished. Overwrought by the sight of this 
heroic exploit of the girls, men and women 
had become madly hysterical. When the shells 
crossed each other at the half-mile stake it 
was seen that the Seminary girls had recovered 
considerable ground, leaving a margin of less 
than two boats' length. Encouraged by the 
splendid showing made, and goaded to endeav- 
or by the rapturous applause of the populace, 
Margaret and the rest of the crew seemed to 
gain new strength. And when Aurora with 
the megaphone gave the order of thirty-six 
strokes a minute, they set the pace with mar- 
velous vigor and precision, causing consterna- 
tion among their masculine antagonists. 

On the completion of the second parabola 
of their circuit and when coming on to the 


line for the homestretch, it was noticeable that 
the Seminary shell was only a trifle behind. 

The crucial moment had come. 

They were now almost abreast on the home- 
stretch. The intensity of the exciting scene 
had for a moment cast a profound silence upon 
the spectators. Every one was straining his 
eyes and neck to see the momentous finish, 
only to break again into a bedlam of rapturous 
shouting when the girls were seen to be in the 
lead. It was indeed a sight never to be for- 
gotten, when the Seminary shell shot past the 
finish line a full boat's length ahead, and the 
girls were acclaimed by the populace as victors. 

The intensity of the joy of the throng, and 
the plight of their utter abandon, can be con- 
jectured when it was discovered afterwards 
that eight hundred and ninety-one ladies' and 
two thousand three hundred and seventy-nine 
gentlemen's head-gear were picked up in the 
Hudson. The next day and through the week 
following, divers reaped a good harvest by 
bringing up from the river's bed one thousand 
three hundred and ninety-four field, marine 
and opera glasses, and two hundred and seven- 
ty-five lorgnettes, besides innumerable parasols 


The Winning Crew 


and canes which the people in their abandon 
had thrown about 

This episode was the crowning glory of the 
Seminary and the beginning of a new epoch 
in the history of this institution. 

Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba 

LIKE a nebular comet in a far away con- 
stellation, so mysterious in its orbit and 
composition, was Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba, who 
suddenly made his appearance in the suburbs 

of the cosmopolitan city of B on Long 

Island. He occupied the spacious mansion of 
a wealthy merchant, who had abandoned it 
for a more comfortable lodge in the Adiron- 
dacks. Surrounded by somewhat neglected 
clumps of pines and shrubberies, the establish- 
ment was entirely isolated from the highway 
and most suitable for a man like the Hindoo 
doctor, who seemed always to desire seclusion. 
In order to form an idea of his singular per- 
sonality, a brief description will perhaps en- 
lighten the reader. He was tall, lank, of 
swarthy complexion, endowed with a cyran- 
esque proboscis and a moustache which pro- 


truded like the tusks of a walrus. His eye- 
brows resembled the moustache in miniature. 
His big greenish-yellow eyes, with spacious 
white borders and cat-like pupils, were able to 
bring to bear an intensely hypnotic gaze, which 
had an irresistible and subjective power. As 
he was invariably attired in the picturesque 
costume of his country, and from the fine tex- 
ture of the silken turban and embroidered 
robes, could easily be conjectured that he be- 
longed to a high caste and noble Hindoo fami- 
ly. He had a peculiar walk, continually 
swerving from side to side as he moved, wrig- 
gling and swinging his indispensable jessamine 
cane, which from its serpentine convolutions 
looked as if it had been hardened while in 

The people of the neighborhood, although 
amused by his strange antics, entertained great 
respect for him. To some, especially to young 
people, he seemed a monstrosity. They had 
already nick-named him the "Crazy Doctor." 
Vague rumors circulated among the gossip- 
loving residents that he was a political refugee, 
who, finding his life in danger in India, had 
fled from his native land. But no one doubt- 


ed his ability as a physician and surgeon, for 
in a short time he had founded a reputation 
that commanded respect. 

His cadaverous look, his strange hypnotic 
eye and mysteriously eccentric movements, 
enhanced a hundredfold his reputation rather 
than damaged it. Every one considered him 
a man of great learning, a wizard in the sci- 
ence of healing and stood aghast exclaiming 
wonderingly, *^ Whence cometh this mighty 
healing power ? " 

When Dr. Ben Raaba made his advent in 
B he was accompanied by a robust, well- 
formed and intelligent-looking Levantine Jew 
servant, Esau by name. This person minded 
his own business, and proved himself to be a 
very discreet servant, never divulging his mas- 
ter's secrets to any outsider. A few months 
after taking up their residence, however, the 
place resembled a private menagerie. Scores 
of cats, dogs, of high and low degree, pigs 
and goats of every size made their appearance. 

Dr. Hyder, notwithstanding various opin- 
ions of others, was in reality a mysterious and 
remarkable man ; despite his thorough British 
education and extensive travels in foreign 


lands, was a believer in the tenets of a Hindoo 
5ect called the Saktian Yogis, a believer of 
Mahadeva, whose spouse of a dual nature — 
spiritual and material principles in one — ^has 
three qualities : first, Dominion and Desire ; 
second. Rectitude and Wisdom, with power 
to control senses ; and third. Violence and 

The Doctor, moreover, was conversant with 
all the Hindoo mysticism and sciences, astrono- 
my and magic. He was capable of restraining 
respiration, besides being a natural bom hyp- 
notist of great power. Modem practical med- 
icine and surgery were also among the Doc- 
tor's accomplishments, as he had a seven year 
course in the National University of Medicine 
•of London. 

His appearances in public began to dimin- 
ish gradually after the various animals were 
received there, as he was engrossed in his lab- 
oratory, engaged in some experiment in vivi- 
section ! Indeed, in the dead of night, weird 
and uncanny sounds often emanated from the 
inner recesses of his laboratory. Sometimes a 
piteous mew, or the piercing caterwaul of 
felines, or the whining of dogs. At other 


times, the plaintive beating of a goat, the 
squeaking of a goose or the squeal of a pig 
broke the silence of the night, while at inter- 
vals, now and then, several owls on the roof 
gave vent to their weird hootings. 

This state of affairs naturally gave an awful 
aspect to the place, and kept the inquisitive 
villagers at a distance, while the mischievous 
youngsters gave the place no trouble from tres- 
passing. The only incident which reached 
the public was told by a precocious youth who, 
with grim determination, strived to unravel 
the mysteries of the place, on a cloudy night 
had crawled into the garden, climbed a tree, 
and hidden himself until later on, when the 
full moon appeared above the horizon and cast 
its hazy light through the clouds. Then an 
uncanny sight was unfurled before his eyes; 
there, sitting under the shadow of a weeping 
willow tree, the Hindoo Doctor, apparently, 
•was in the act of hypnotizing a goat, with 
weird gestures and incantations. Unner\^ed 
by this strange sight, the intruder, losing his 
grip and footing, fell to the ground. The 
hooting of an owl and a fiendish howl from 
the Doctor gave the youth a further impetus 





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Kyder Ben Raaba and the Goat in the Garden 


to scamper for life, over shrubberies and picket 
fence, out of the domain of the Hindoo vam- 

Upon the youth's recital of his experience, 
the feeling of mystery and fear increased among 
the unsophisticated people of the neighbor- 
hood and they kept shy of the place. But the 
climax of their apprehension was reached when, 
shortly after, the following curious sign adorned 
the main gate to the house : 


X X 

What was the meaning of these significant 
words on his shingle, " Vivisectionist and Re- 
incamator?" What was the mission of this 
mysterious man? To what line of surgical 
science did this assortment of animals contrib- 
ute, whose piteous wails ever and anon ema- 
nated from his laboratory ? Up to that time a 
chain of wonderful discoveries and marv'^elous 
achievements had been attained by profound 
savants in surgical and pathological subjects : 


The creation of life germ cells : The trepan- 
ning of skulls and the re-arrangement of the 
brains : The grafting of skin, nose and ear : 
The infusion of new blood : The pre-natal de- 
termination of sexes : The separation of mind 
from the body, by subjecting persons in a 
cataleptic state by hypnotism : And last but 
not least, the hibernation for an indefinite 
period of living bodies by suspended animation. 

These amazing triumphs, each more start- 
ling than the other, were the records of past 

Could there be anything more astounding ? 

Even so. Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba, who was 
conservant with all the above mentioned ex- 
ploits of experimenters, had conceived one of 
the boldest and extraordinarily audacious of 
surgical feats, the successful demonstration 
of which would startle the world and make 
men stand aghast with wonder. In fact, by 
the display of his professional sign, it was a 
foregone conclusion that he had succeeded in 
his experiments. 

By the aid of science, occultism and won- 
derful magic, he had transformed the sexes ! 


A Ray of Hope 

IT was the day of departure of Aurora Cun- 
ningham for London, England. Margaret 
had accompanied her in an automobile to the 

city of B to see her off. Their parting 

had an unusual sadness as they stood on the 
deck of the Dynamoship " Columbia " — a four- 
day ocean greyhound. They seemed to be 
paralyzed at the barrenness of the future, look- 
ing into each other's eyes as if trying to chal- 
lenge sincerity to their oath of allegiance. 

It was extremely touching indeed, when 
they were compelled by the officers of the ship 
to take their final leave, and as the Columbia 
began to recede gradually from its moorings, 
her prow compiissed to the British Isles, Au- 
rora's lithe figure could be seen at the stern of 
the boat, throwing kisses and waving her 
handkerchief toward Margaret, until the dis- 


tance grew wider and farther and the figure 
fainter and at last was lost to view. 

Left alone on the shore, Margaret did her 
utmost to control her emotions of parting from 
her beloved friend. With suppressed feelings 
she mounted her automobile reluctantly, and 
bade the chaufiFeur proceed to New York City, 
from whence, after a short repose, she intend- 
ed to take the train for her home in Wyoming. 

She had hardly gone a mile or two out of 

the city of B when her emotions had 

swelled beyond her capacity of control and she 
became delirious in her seat in the auto. 
Some pedestrians by the way, noticing that 
something unusual had happened to the fair 
occupant, called the attention of the chaufiFeur 
to his charge. He brought the machine to a 
standstill and the necessity of enlisting the 
services of a doctor was at once apparent. 

One of the bystanders suggested that the 
nearest available doctor was tho Hindoo sur- 
geon. Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba, about a furlong 
farther down the road, and thither the patient 
was wheeled with all possible haste, and with- 
in a few minutes she was in the Doctor's re- 
ception room. 


After a cursory examination Ben Raaba ap- 
peared somewhat puzzled " She is in a state 
of coma,'' he said, rubbing his forehead with 
his bony fingers, " but I do not yet see any 
physical cause to induce that condition. It 
seems to me," he added, " that every func- 
tion of the organs are in a perfectly normal 

His face brightened at once, however, with 
a smile of victory. A happy thought had 
come to his fertile mind. He had thought of 
the singular methods practised by the diag- 
nostician Avicene of Balk — the father of oc- 
cult Diagnosis — and the words of the Cash- 
merian poet came to his memory, who nearly 
ten centuries previously had said: "The 
pulse of the loving, beats higher, agitated only 
at the name of the beloved." 

Taking thereupon her pulse into his hand, 
he began to question the chauffeur, where she 
had gone, with whom, what was the other 
young lady's name, etc. He knew that, al- 
though she was in a state of coma, her senses 
of hearing and of understanding were per- 
forming their regular functions. At the men- 
tion of the name of Aurora Cunningham there 


was a remarkable change in Margaret ; her 
pulse began to beat double quick ! 

After repeating the experiment, and satisfy- 
ing himself that the cause was a matter per- 
taining the heart, in fact the girl's infatuation 
for her departed friend, and that there was 
nothing in the Materia Medica as an antidote, 
that the only restorative remedy that could be 
found was in hypnotic occultism, he leaned 
over the prostrate figure before him and whis- 
pered some words into her ear. 

The correctness of his diagnosis became 
plainly evident. The patient, with perfect 
tranquility, opened her eyes, and with a com- 
placent smile looked into the face of her re- 
storer. After a few more magnetic passes and 
words of encouragement from the Wizard, she 
had completely recovered herself, to the amaze- 
ment of the anxious group of persons who had 
gathered there, curious to know the fate of the 
fair occupant of the automobile. Within half 
an hour she again entered her auto and pro- 
ceeded on her way to the city. 

The new and remarkable personality of 
Hyder Ben Raaba, however, left an ineradica- 
ble impression upon her mind, so much as at 


times to divert her thoughts from dwelling 
upon Aurora and concentrate upon the strange 
visage of Hyder Ben Raaba. After a repose 
of a few days in New York, having made all 
the preparations for the intended journey, she 
left the metropolis and arrived in due time at 
her paternal home in Wyoming. 

Hardly a month had elapsed after her return 
when there was another crisis in her life. Her 
father was taken suddenly ill and died, and 
she was left an heiress to a large fortune con- 
sisting principally of lands, mines and cattle. 
Being without any relatives to guide her, Mar- 
garet was compelled to settle matters for her- 
self, and daily she was confronted by hundreds 
of annoying details. These consisted of many 
entangling afiFairs of her lamented father, who 
had left her sole legatee, prospective aspirants 
who sought her hand in marriage, her solemn 
and binding oath to Aurora, and, strange as it 
may seem, the grotesquely hideous face of Ben 
Raaba began to flit before her mind's eye, per- 
plexing and haunting her incessantly. 

One evening when she was thus absorbed 
in deep meditation, the postman brought her 
a letter. It was mailed from B . Excit- 


edly she tore open the envelope and from it 
fell the professional card of Dr. Hyder Ben 
Raaba. The same weird and ominous words 
were printed under his name : " The Vivisec- 
tionist and Re-incamator " ! On the other side 
were scribbled a few lines, making inquiry 
about the state of her health. 

The card, ah ! the strange and significant 
words, vivisection and re-incarnation began to 
assume a deep meaning. She placed the card 
tremblingly upon the table and fell into a pro- 
found study. Her quivering frame, the rise 
and fall of her heaving breast and the change 
of color of her face alternatively from pallor to 
a feverish flush, indicated that there was a 
revolution going on within her immaculate 

At last she seemed to come to some deter- 
mination; tremblingly she grasped a pen and 
wrote a letter to Ben Raaba, the contents of 
which never became known to any but herself 
and the Hindoo doctor. Within a fortnight 
she received an answer which seemed to satis- 
fy her. 

Within two months she had managed hasti- 
ly to dispose of all her personal property and 


real estate without any reserve, and then she 
disappeared from her Western home and sur- 
roundings and was lost forever to her former 


The Tf ansf ormation 

IT was near the end of September. The 
seaside resorts on Long Island were de- 
serted by the gay health-seekers from the ad- 
jacent cities, and the inhabitants of the villages 
along the South Shore, from Rockaway to 
Montauk, had dwindled to their normal num- 
ber of rural residents except the city of B 

which, on account of its shipping interests, 
still retained a lively activity. 

The day was dismal and damp, foreboding 
a rainy spell. There were scarcely any people 
on the streets and at dusk, when the Montauk 

express stopped at the station of B , there 

were only a few passengers to alight. 

One of them was a young woman attired in 
black, with a thick veil of similar hue drawn 
over her face. She looked furtively up and 
down the platform with painful anxiety, and 


espying an automobile a few rods below the 
station, walked toward it hesitatingly, at the 
same time pulling from her wrist-bag a crim- 
son handkerchief. The chauffeur on the ma- 
chine seemed to understand the meaning of 
the signal, for at once jumping down he ad- 
vanced to meet the stranger. 

After several words were exchanged in sub- 
dued tones, he escorted the veiled lady to the 
vehicle and in a few minutes they were speed- 
ing down the road toward the Hindoo doctor's 
sanitarium. The woman, of course, was Mar- 
garet MacDonald and the chaufiFeur none other 
than the Levantine Jew, Esau, the Doctor's 
discreet servant. When they arrived at Ben 
Raaba's domicile it was almost pitch dark, and 
not a soul could be seen in the vicinity. At 
the ringing of the door-bell, Ben Raaba him- 
self appeared and sedately welcomed Margaret, 
conducting her into the reception room. 

Shortly after, when Esau had withdrawn, 
they were sitting tete-a-tete at a table, perus- 
ing some mysterious documents to which at 
last, Margaret, taking a pen, subscribed her 

The documents were nothing else than the 


legal contract, which Margaret had signed, of- 
fering herself a willing subject to undergo a 
mental and physical metamorphosis, and ab- 
solving Ben Raaba from any responsibility if the 
experiment should prove unsuccessful or fatal ! 

After a fortnight of dietary preparation, Mar- 
garet was taken into the Laboratory of the 
Wizard and immediately hypnotized by him 
into a state of cataleptic coma. 

An awful sensation crept over one upon 
looking around about this den called the Labor- 
atory. Glittering saws and scalpels were 
hung in rows on the walls; lances, beakers and 
retorts were scattered on the tables and on the 
floor, and a hundred and one other apparatus 
and bottles could be seen upon the shelves. 

A big cat-owl perched on a pedestal in one 
comer, and a black tom-cat with intense 
green eyes, prowling about the room, gave to 
the scene a cabalistic and weird aspect. Here 
among these uncanny surroundings Dr. Hyder 
Ben Raaba isolated and busied himself with 
continuous vigilance for many months in order 
to achieve an undertaking that seemed mirac- 
ulous and impossible. 

Ben Raaba's I<aboratory 


Through the lapse of so many long and ted- 
ious months Dr. Hyder Ben Raaba had come 
to the completion of his assiduous labors,-labors 
which had almost exhausted his consummate 
skill in hypnotism, surgery and magic. 

After a final but scrupulously careful exami« 
nation of the patient, assuring himself that every 
muscle, nerve, gland and artery were in their 
proper places, he paused a moment before the 
prostrate body. It was a solemn and tragic 
moment Signs of intense anxiety were visi- 
ble upon his otherwise impertuibable visage,be- 
traying the fact that he was in a crucial pre- 

What, if on awakening the patient, he found 
her a maniac irrevocably bereft of reason? 
What, if his re-incarnated subject should prove 
to be a hideous Frankenstein or a monstrosity 
devoid of finer senses ? What, if she should 
prove to be a man with effeminate mind and 
manners ? 

Such and a thousand other similar fears and 
misgivings were flashing in that moment 
through his mind, but at last, confident of his 
ultimate success, and undaunted with appre- 
hensions, he assumed a determined countenance 


and commenced to undo the hypnotic spell, in 
order to restore his subject to life and energy. 

With eyes dilated, eyebrows knit, and arms 
stretched — ^holding in one hand a magic wand 
— this future Mephisto uttered some mysterious 
words in sepulchral intonations, snapped his 
fingers three times, and presto 1 

The spell was broken ! 

The full magical efiFect of his audacious un- 
dertaking was evident, for scarcely had the 
last syllable of those mysterious and incompre- 
hensible words left his shriveled lips, when a 
sudden tremor shook the frame of Margaret 
and, with a subdued groan, indicative more of 
a sensation of bliss than of pain, she opened 
her eyes. 

A triumphant smile pervaded her counte- 
nance, as if awakening from an Utopian dream. 
Dr. Ben Raaba, meanwhile perceiving the 
crowning success of his work, and standing 
beside her, began to exclaim with rapturous 
joy, " Metempsychosis ! Metempsychosis ! " 

The patient at once became conscious that 
her bodily transformation was complete, for it 
did not take her long to realize it as HE stood 
there, a beautiful specimen of manhood 1 


This miraculous transformation brought to 
light another remarkable mental discovery. 
It was discovered by the Doctor that all the 
accomplishments, knowledge and mental at- 
tributes possessed by Margaret, prior to her 
re-incarnation, had been intensified a hundred- 
fold in their entity into those of aggressive, 
daring and strenuous masculinity. 

Margaret, assuming forthwith a masculine 
name, remained a few months under the care 
and tutelage of Ben Raaba, in order to acquire 
further important knowledge in hypnotism, 
diplomacy, etc., that would be of invaluable 
service in his future career, and it was not un- 
til September, almost one year after the ad- 
vent of the patient, that he reluctantly bade 
^ood-bye to Hyder Ben Raaba, and was again 
lost in the vortex of humanity. 


Lord CuntunghAtnf Vicctoj of India 

HARDLY had Margaret reached her home 
in Wyoming, when Aurora likewise was 
welcomed by her people in England. Her 
father, whose brilliant career upward from the 
ranks of the common people had astonished 
the diplomats of the world, meanwhile had 
been raised to the highest rank of peerage. 

Being a born leader of such inexhaustible 
sagacity and acumen, his promotion from one 
important position to another was not only in- 
evitable but necessary, and hardly a month 
had elapsed since Aurora's return to London, 
before he was gazetted as Lord Cunningham, 
Viceroy to India. 

The situation at that time in India was quite a 
delicate one, on account of the Thibetan bound- 
ary question with Russia. The latter had 
raised her periodical spasm of aggression, in 



order to attain certain political ends at home, 
and the departure of Lord Cunningham was 
therefore hastened. 

It was near the end of November when Lord 
Cunningham, his wife and beautiful daughter 
were regally received in Bombay. Distinguish- 
ed looking in his six feet two inches of height, 
with a leonine countenance, The Lord at once 
captivated the Indian rajahs, princes, and also 
commanded the respect of the populace. His 
courteous manners, forceful and firm proclama- 
tions and actual philanthropic undertakings 
coupled with his propaganda of dispensing 
equal justice to all, aroused at once the enthusi- 
asm, patriotism and loyalty of every class, and 
quieted the racial differences and political dis- 
quietude among the people. 

The Russian government, seeing this solid 
phalanx of unity and change of sentiment of 
the Indian people, beat a hasty retreat under 
the subterfuge of quelling an alleged disturb- 
ance on the borders of Manchuria. 

In order to give himself an opportunity for 
a general introduction. Lord Cunningham de- 
cided to hold a reception and dance. It was 
planned to follow the style of entertaining then 


in vogue, a combination of literary and musi- 
cal talent to be followed by a reception. Among 
the many who had consented to contribute to 
the evening's entertainment, and occupying 
the place of honor, was the celebrated savant 
Abou Shimshek, the Astronomer of Ispahan, 
who had just returned from an adventurous 
expedition to the Himalayas to investigate 
Nature's wonders. 

Lord Cunningham being aware of the pres- 
ence of the celebrated prodigies, the Dusky 
Quartette, who were on their itinerary to Bom- 
bay, had sought and engaged their services for 
the occasion. An American violin virtuoso, 
Spencer Hamilton, who had created a furore 
in Simla a week previously at a fashionable 
society recital and was acclaimed as an un- 
equaled maestro of his instrument, had also 
promised to appear during the entertainment 
and render a few selections on the violin. 

On the night of the Soiree a great multitude 
of natives as well as eminent European person- 
ages were present, in all the picturesque splen- 
dor of the habilaments of their respective coun- 
tries. There were Maharajahs, dazzling with 
diamonds, accompanied by their retinue blaz- 


ing with silver and gold embroidered costumes, 
Ascetic Brahmins and sombre looking Fakirs 
from the seats of learning of Hyderabad, mys- 
terious emissaries from the sacred city of Del- 
hi, learned Sheiks with flowing patriarchal 
beards from Arabia and Egypt, Magicians 
from all over Persia, besides all fashionable 
folk from military posts throughout the East 
Indian Empire. 

Dashing and handsome officers vied with 
each other in their endeavor to do homage to 
the beautiful Aurora, who was enthroned next 
to her mother. After a prelude on the dulci- 
phone, Abou Shimshek, amidst the huzzah 
and clamor of the assemblage, with great dig- 
nity came forward, and with uplifted arms, in- 
voking the spirits of Hafiz and Pirdozy to en- 
dow him with eloquence, began the account of 
his thrilling adventure as follows : 


Adventures of Aboti Shimshek^ the 
Astronomer of Ispahan 

**T TP, on the Kinchinginga's lofty summit, 
^J where earth and heavens meet, where 
myriads of crystalline, icy temples in their im- 
maculate and prismatic garbs here and there, 
and manywhere abound, temples, in whose 
solid glacial niches saints perpetually hold 
communion with Mahatma's Son. 

"I said, I was upon the Kinchinginga's. 
Aye, for no other purpose than on a mission 
sublime, to climb nearer to heaven in search 
of the Creator's secrets profound and reveal 
them to the human race. Day after day, thus, 
dauntless and resolute, I scaled craggy preci- 
pices. Through mammoth caverns of desolate 
solitude I wended my way up to reach the 
goal of my ambition, lured there by my faith. 
"Night after night, thus, I gazed and 



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Abott Shimshek in Ihe Cave 


scanned heaven's canopy, studded with twink- 
ling jewels. But alas ! it seemed, farther and 
more remote grew the space between me and 
the blue heaven, with no mortal kind to cheer 
my solitude, except the wails of hungry jack- 
als and the wild groans of the Bengal tiger 
fierce, with myriads of phantom spirits, dart- 
ing here and there, in weird, fantastic forms ; 
I could not tell whether they were the crea- 
tures of some world unseen, or the ghosts of 
Gothama and his saints keeping vigil over the 
faithful. But at last, so dire and awful did 
grow my solitude that, overcome by fright and 
fatigue, I retreated into a glacial cave beneath 
a lofty peak. 

"I laid my head on a chilled stalagmite, the 
frozen floor to my back, and my face and belly 
against what I thought to be the dome of my 
cavern. But, by the sacred wart that grew on 
Gehangire's nose, what reality ! What a won- 
derful sight ! A new world, revolving through 
space — entirely different from ours as it had 
living souls and vegetation in a far more ad- 
vanced stage of develoment than ours, — ^was 
revealed to my astonished eyes ! 

" The greatest efforts of men are brought to 


naught with the elements controlled by Allah's 
command, or are so small in scale and scope 
as to be beyond compare with His wondrous 
works. Through the greatest telescope that 
man's ingenuity and skill can produce, astron- 
omers cannot agree whether the canals of Mars 
are single or double. 

" Pshaw ! Away with those numberless 
imposters who have deluded mankind with 
their consummate lies ! Some even claim to 
have traversed the inter-etherial space by fly- 
ing machines, whose construction was revealed 
to them in a " sealed package " or found in 
boxes, buried in tombs and mummies of days 
gone by! The marvelous medium through 
which I saw this celestial panorama was noth- 
ing strange ; the cavern into which I so un- 
consciously was led was an observatory by na- 
ture made ! 

" Its dome was a mammoth telescope, com- 
posed of lenses of great magnitude, various in 
size and shape. Lenses made of purest water, 
distilled by the thundering clouds and filtered 
through heaven's ether. Lenses congealed by 
the zephyrs that gently blow from Mount 
Everest's snow-capped brow ; lenses, annealed 


and polished through centuries by the fiery 
orb that governs our earth, from its moorings 
in wondrous space. Here, to my eye, was a 
telescope most complete. It brought that 
strange planet so near as to make me inhale 
its very atmosphere, touch its soil and waters 
with my outstretched arms. And which, with 
your kind tolerance, I will briefly relate. 

" The first element on this marvelous world, 
which my attention did attract, was the won- 
derful hues of its firmament. There were no 
" inter-luminous rays " of " rosy radiance " nor 
" amber isles " floating over " golden seas " of 
. sunsets, or similar trash, that our poets here 
below have sung for ages gone, over and over 
again. But instead, wonderfully colored pan- 
els of exquisite designs, the Jwhole changing 
as if by a dissolving slide, at every atmospher- 
ic vibration, into still more beautiful patterns, 
a veritable Kaleidoscope ! 

"On consulting my astronomical calculations 
I found that this strange phenomenon was 
caused by the peculiar inclination and ascen- 
sion of this planet toward the sun ! As I was 
scanning this sublime panorama, with raptur- 
ous admiration, my attention was diverted to 


an expanse of water. Its constantly foaming 
and sparkling nature induced me to examine 
it more closely and, to my great surprise, upon 
analysis I found it to be similar to delicious 
cream soda, with cakes of ice floating on it, 
and the whole impregnated with phosphates — 
on account of the immense guano deposits left 
by extinct birds, along its shores ! 

" But my surprise was still increased when, 
turning my eyes toward land, I beheld numer- 
ous geysers and fountains, spouting up streams 
and sprays of waters of various hues. I tasted 
them one by one and, to my delight, I found 
some of them to be composed of seltzero-caflfein, 
some of bromo-cocain, some others containing 
an infusion of Cerebrine. But one of the most 
peculiar fountains which I discovered was one 
that had a zig-zag motion and luminous 

" On partaking of a sip of it, I suddenly ex* 
perienced a strange sensation going through 
my body, exhilarating and rejuvenating my 
whole system, eradicating all the dandruff from 
my scalp, purifying my blood and dispelling 
at once that " tired feeling.'' I gave to this 
fountain the name " Electrolinaris " on account 

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of the large percentage of " the electric fluid " 
it contained ! 

" The vegetation that grew on this marvel- 
ous planet, although analogous to our terrestri- 
al trees and herbs — having roots, trunks and 
branches — was entirely of different order. 
These forms were a combination of vegetable 
and animal kingdoms, because of their construc- 
tion and sensitiveness. I noticed, for example, 
trees whose leaves changed color several times 
a day, some others which emitted extraordin- 
ary sounds, while still others shrank and ex- 
panded instantaneously. 

" But their fruits were still more curious. 
Of course to satisfy my natural curiosity, I 
picked and tasted many of them. They were 
nothing but our manufactured confections. 
Still how delicious they were! Here was a 
tree the folds of whose musical leaves shielded 
delicious chocolates, there another tree whose 
branches dropped ripe and luscious glace bon- 
bons of various flavors, while sugar-coated 
violets and jasmines abounded promiscuously 
on perfuming bushes. 

"During my inspection I came across a 
palm-like plant full of innumerable shining 


objects which, on closer scrutiny, to my amaze- 
ment I found to be miniature incandescent 
radium lights of great brilliancy. 

" As I proceeded with my investigations I 
saw another plant whose branches were stud- 
ded with brilliant scintillating globules. I 
hastened to examine them and they were 
neither more nor less than veritable crystals 
of diamonds. Now it is well known that the 
diamond consists of pure carbon in crystalized 
form. This plant had simply the power of 
absorbing pure carbon by its roots, and passing 
through its wonderfully peculiar fibres exuded 
and condensed them on its branches like gum- 
drops, where they were hardened by the action 
of its equally strange atmosphere. I have on 
my person — ^as you will observe — z. few speci- 
mens which I picked at random. 

" And now in reference to animals. Perhaps 
you will expect me to describe to you s^nge 
megalotheruses of immense proportions, or gi- 
gantic mammalian ^[uadrupeds, mammoth fly- 
ing dragons, serpents and birds, but herein I 
must disappoint you. The truth is, although 
I searched diligently for such paleozoic mon- 
sters, I came in contact with none. Surprised 


as I was myself, it explained itself on my dis- 
covering an ampitheatre-like enclosure wherein 
were stored, in great numbers, the lifeless 
skeletons of unimaginable beasts which had 
existed on this planet in centuries past. And 
as on our earth the large animals are gradual- 
ly becoming extinct on account of the advance 
of civilization, with the exception of the Tam- 
many Tiger, the American Eagle and the 
British Lion, I came to the conclusion that on 
this new sphere likewise, because of its far 
advanced stage of civilization, they were al- 
ready extinct. 

"I could not, however, suppress my laughter 
on seeing in this collection of monstrous wild 
beasts, two specimens of two-legged mamma- 
lians or human beings. I speedily came to the 
conclusion that they were either some of those 
blatant fools, who had ventured on journeys 
to remote planets in their flying machines, or 
some •of our ultra-civilized English and Ameri- 
can pioneers, gone on missions of "grab" and 
"benevolent assimilation ! " 

"Anon, J come to the most interesting stage 
of my adventure, that of seeing the most in- 
telligent animals of this new planet, which it 


seemed had full control over it, so that there 
remained no doubt in my mind of their being 
the human race of this strange world. Conse- 
quently, I watched them closely, and verily I 
found them to be far more advanced in civili- 
zation and bodily construction than we, man- 
kind. They were so constructed that they had 
all the advantages which we are obliged to 
supply ourselves by artificial means and de- 
vices. As I describe them, you will, to a cer- 
tain degree, form an idea of how they looked. 

"They had only one eye on the top of their 
heads, a large globular organ, however, having 
like the dragon ffy a multiform lens. This 
eye was shielded by an umbrella-shaped sub- 
stance of a hard bony nature. Thus protected 
they could see all round about them at the 
same time, or whichever side they wanted, 
without inconveniencing themselves by cran- 
ing their necks. 

" I thought it would have been a great bless- 
ing if we mortals here possessed such optics. 
Think of the advantage while going about in 
a crowded thoroughfare of a great city, to see 
where you are stepping, to read the various 
newspaper bulletins, to watch the clock on the 


spire, to recognize your friends in the surging 
throng and besides all these to be able to dodge 
adroitly the numerous trolley cars and auto- 
mobiles at the same time 1 

" In place of the eyes, there were two large 
circles, covered by a delicate membrane of 
great sensitiveness, which instead of sight was 
used for speech, because they did not speak 
with their mouths and in audible sounds, but 
with these two curious circles they carried on 
a conversation in " silent eloquence," instanta- 
neously transmitting their thoughts to each 
other, a veritable telepathic medium, as it 

"Their noses and mouths were likewise 
equally strange and entirely different from 
ours in construction, although to all appear- 
ances they had the same form and occupied 
similiar places. For instance, they could ex- 
tend their nostrils at pleasure, shut air-tight 
or open at will, so that at the mere suspicion 
of a bad odor they could instantly elongate 
their proboscis to some point at which pure 
air and perfume abounded. 

" The mouth was so constructed that they 
could expand and contract it like a chameleon's, 


but about three or four yards, and in such in* 
conceivable velocity that its rapidity of action 
was beyond calculation. Its usefulness was 
manifold, because they not only took nutrition 
by it, but it was also a very formidable weapon 
of attack and defense. 

** They wore absolutely no clothing, conse- 
quently were annoyed by no tailor-made suits, 
no bloomers, no furbelows, but nature itself 
had provided with all that was desirable. 
Their skins were covered from the neck to the 
shoulder with white swansdown, and from the 
shoulders to the waist with a fine silky fur, 
resembling in color and texture the best qual- 
ity of seal-skins, while from the waist sprout- 
ed all around the loveliest crop of hanging 
ostrich feathers. There was no difference in 
male and female attire. As women nowadays 
are speaking of equal rights, and are adopting 
masculine tendencies, I believe we are on the 
right line of advancement to reach the same 

" Their manner of locomotion was another 
surprise to me as I watched them darting deft- 
ly here and there. Upon examination of their 
lower extremities, I found it to be simply loco- 


motion by electricity. Under their feet were 
several wheels of natural formation and which- 
ever direction they wanted to go, they set the 
locomotive current to any degree of celerity. 
Think of itl Each person having his own 
automatic rapid transit ! 

" As I became intensely interested in those 
strange beings, I felt curious to know and 
study their social manners and discover whether 
they experienced any emotions, sorrows or 
mirth. Consequently I changed my observa- 
tions to these particulars. In searching through 
the gardens and flowery bowers that abounded 
in a certain locality, it was not necessary for 
me to wait very long. My eyes rested upon a 
comical spectacle, which left no doubt in my 
mind that it was a case of amorous depreda- 
tion. It was simply, as I judged, an act of 
stealing kisses. Oh, the rascal ! Here was a 
maiden sweet and fair, overcome perhaps by 
fatigue, lying on the velvety grass of cobalt 
blue, her head resting on a natural eiderdown- 
topped toadstool, and there, a precocious youth, 
perched on a branch of a tree above, his elastic 
mouth in close contact to that of the maiden, 
busily gathering, like the hummingbird, the 


nectars of osculatory bliss, while his globular 
eye kept watch round about for any uncere- 
monious or hostile intruder ! 

** In vain I tried to imitate. Ah ! I still feel 
the thrill. In fact, I would not object to have 
a mouth so formed, even in this vain world of 
ours. I believe there are flowers here also, 
ever in bloom, like the fairy maiden above. 

"In reference to the pleasures and enjoy- 
ments of these marvelous beings, I was some- 
what nonplussed to find that there were no 
theatres or places of amusement The fact 
was that in every respect they were very, very 

" When they wanted to laugh, they simply 
went to certain valleys in their locality where, 
on inhaling its atmosphere, they became al- 
most hysterical in their ecstasy of joy, giggling, 
ha-haing and continuing' in such hilarious 
laughter without stop until they were thor- 
oughly satisfied. 

** I became curious to know the nature of 
this atmospheric element which produced 
such merriment, and on careful analysis found 
the air to be strongly impregnated with pure 
nitrous oxide or " laughing -gas," an inferior 


quality of which was formerly used by our 

" Likewise, when they felt a desire to cry, 
they went to another neighborhood, where 
certain bushes abounded, bearing on their 
drooping branches a profusion of "Job's 
Tears," the sight of which so afiEected the vis- 
itors that they were at once transformed into 
veritable Niobes — all tears. They wept, sighed 
and wailed until their longing had subsided. 

" Their solution of the habitation problem 
was, I think, that which wise men on this earth 
have been trying to solve from the beginning 
of creation. This Utopian planet contained 
no dwellings built by mankind, consequently 
there were no taxes, no new land theories, no 
internal revenue or protection embargoes. 
The planet itself produced everything without 
the aid of its people and they enjoyed the fruit 
of the soil equally, 

" Whenever these creatures desired to rest, 
they retired to certain localities, where mil- 
lions of velvety couches grew like toadstools, 
on which they reclined, while the vegetation 
around, with its narcotic perfumes, lulled them 
quietly to sleep. ♦ 


" The duration of their day, which was a 
continual twilight of variegated designs, was 
according to my chronometer fifty hours long, 
and they divided it into two equal parts, twen- 
ty-five hours of which they slept in balmy 
dreamlands, while the other twenty-five they 
indulged in all kinds of recreations and no 
work at all ! Ah ! as the working hours of 
our laboring classes are decreasing day by day 
by the glorious medium of Unionism, I am 
happy to predict that we are on the right path 
of some day reaching that millenium of doing 
nothing, so that we shall at last have twelve 
hours of sleep, and twelve hours of recreation ! 

" When I saw all these wonderful things, I 
confess, I forgot my mission sublime, and de- 
termined then and there to transport myself to 
that celestial sphere. Consequently I ap- 
proached one of them and appealed for admis- 
sion to that land of rest and perpetual bliss. 
Scarcely had I spoken, when I felt the atmos- 
phere about me become suffocating ; there was 
thunder and lightning and a sepulchral voice 
was heard to say : 

" No earthly domination here." 

This dread injunction rendered me insensi- 


ble and when consciousness returned I found 
myself at the foot of the Kinchinginga's, amidst 
the ruins of that wonderful telescope by nature 
made ! " 


Spencer Hanulton 

THUNDEROUS applause of appreciation 
greeted Abou Shimshek, at the conclu- 
sion of his interesting recital, and bowing 
right and left his acknowledgements, with 
beaming countenance he retired to his seat 
An intermezzo of mellifluent music in the in- 
terim was followed by the celebrated " Dusky 
Quartette." This aggregation consisted of 
the following members: Madam Celeste D'oum- 
balooloo, a south African soprano of heav- 
enly sweetness, and a beauty of " hippopota- 
mic gracefulness ; " Miss Guza Mulomba, the 
Kaffir prodigy, with a contralto voice of trem- 
ulous colorature ; Signor Bombasto Reales, of 
Kabaloogan, a Philippino tenor of high pitch 
and clearness, and the basso, Signor Dido 
Abazuza, a Maori celebrity of thunderous 




Indeed, under the felicitous protection of 
British and American sovereignty, these colo- 
nies had made such rapid advancement toward 
civilization, that they had produced an abun- 
dance of men and women of extraordinary 
talent and capacity in art and music, so as to 
eclipse their confreres of Hungarian and Polish 
origin, in days gone by. 

The portfolio of their operatic creations was 
a revelation. Especially did an operatta, 
called " Phantasie Senegambienne " arouse the 
enthusiasm of the audience to such a high 
pitch of spirituelle tension that at the conclu- 
sion — regardless of the (color line) — there was a 
simultaneous rush of both sexes to where the 
singers stood. A scene of indescribable oscu- 
latory battle raged, the sound of the contact of 
those luscious thick lips of the Dusky Quar- 
tette echoing and reverberating to the utmost 
recesses of the spacious hall. It took quite a 
long time before this charming labial fusillade 
of musical appreciation subsided. 

After another soothing interlude, giving the 
assemblage a chance to recover their compos- 
ure, a clamorous applause brought forth the 
American violinist, to make his first debut in 


Bombay. As he stepped forward, Spencer 
Hamilton instantly made a deep impression 
upon the audience. His masterful technique 
and wonderful skill of execution, when he 
rendered a new composition of his own, called 
" The Niagara," aroused anew the enthusiasm 
of the throng and, under pressure of vociferous 
acclamation, he was obliged to render another 

With the appearance of this splendid young 
specimen of manhood upon the platform there 
was created in the bosom of Aurora a strange 
psychological condition. Although surround- 
ed with many gallant oflficers and youths of 
noble lineage, she was perceptibly afiEected by 
the sight of this handsome young American 
musician. At a glance at the violinist there 
sprang in her heart afresh the memories of her 
college days in America. 

A sudden sense of sadness swept over her, 
and her infatuation for her chum Margaret, 
and the recollection of their solemn vows, 
flashed vividly through her perplexed brain, 
evoking several deep sighs from the depths of 
her constant heart. Notwithstanding the 
cringing advances of many oflScers of position 


and wealth, as well as scions of nobles, she had 
fallen desperately in love with the stranger at 
first sight He seemed to her as an ideal, her 
afiinity, but alas ! she remembered her vow 1 
Aurora was in a very disturbed frame of mind 
when Spencer Hamilton came forward for the 

Spencer Hamilton, the violin virtuoso had, 
in the meantime, another mission to perform 
in connection with his appearance as a musical 
artist He was no other than Margaret Mac- 
Donald herself, metamorphosed by Hyder Ben 
Raaba into the virile, manly fellow who had 
assumed the name of Spencer Hamilton and, 
as a violinist, had come to lay siege to the 
heart of Aurora. 

With his furtive glances now and then he 
was reading the soul of Aurora, now full of 
perplexing emotions. He could hardly control 
his own emotions and began to render as an 
encore a tune which he expected would create 
a tumult in the breast of Aurora Cunningham. 

Putting forth all his energy so as to make 
it his best effort in execution, he played to 
one alone. 

At first Aurora thought that the tune had 


some vague resemblance to a musical produc* 
tion which she had heard before, but could not 
tell when and where. As it proceeded it grad- 
ually dawned upon her that, somehow there 
was a connection between the thought of Mar- 
garet and the music. She became more and 
more agitated and was quite certain now that 
this soul-stirring melody was the creation of 
her dear, beloved friend and confidant, Margar- 
et MacDonald. Then she realized that the 
words were her own. 

" Oh, the oath ! " she gasped, her brain in a 
delirium of intoxication. Realizing fully that 
the melody was nothing else than the very 
composition of Margaret, and that she had 
written the words at the Diana Seminary on 
the very eventful night of the moonlight re- 
ception, she was unable to conceive how it had 
become a public property. Was Margaret after 
all a capricious traitor, a recalcitrant, who had 
forsaken her solemn vow and desecrated their 

These and othqr thoughts drove Aurora to 
the verge of collapse, and as Spencer Hamilton 
concluded the piece with a finale of deep 
pathos that reached the pinnacle of tragic in* 


tensity, there was commotion around where 
Aurora was enthroned, for she had lost con- 

Thinking that the intense interest and ex- 
citement of the occasion had caused her faint- 
ness, she was gently removed to her apartment 
and the program of the evening's festivities 
was completed with a brilliant reception and 
dance. Hamilton himself, however, was so 
afiEected that he left the reception at once and 
returned to his hotel and there tried to regain 
strength for the ordeal that he was planning to 
carry out next day. 

The following morning, at the proper time 
for calling in India, he left his hostelry and 
directed his steps toward the Viceregal palace 
on the pretense of making inquiry concerning 
the health of Aurora, but ostensibly to reveal 
the mysterious metempsychosis of himself and 
to reassert his undying love for her. 

Having arrived at the gate he learned that 
Aurora had been restored to her normal state 
of health and spirits. He consequently sent 
in his card and a few minutes later was sum- 
moned to the drawing-room of the palace 
where, after a second's waiting, Aurora Cun- 


ningham appeared on the threshold, somewhat 
flushed and agitated. 

Hamilton, on seeing Aurora, came forward 
and, extending his hand, inquired most anx- 
iously for her health, and intimated that it 
would give him extreme pleasure to explain 
certain circumstances which would lead to the 
gratification of her own unspoken desires. 

" I know," he said, " that the encore at last 
night's musicale affected you very powerfully. 
I could intuitively read from your perturbed 
countenance that you had become aware of the 
authorship of the same. Aurora, Aurora, I am 
Margaret MacDonald ! I am your confidant 
at the Diana Seminary, whom you loved, and 
am now metamorphosed into a man by the 
miraculous powers of the vivisectionist and re- 
incarnator — Hyder Ben Raaba. I have come 
to claim you as my own. Aurora, I love you ! " 

Aurora, bewildered at this remarkable and 
dramatic declaration and revelation, too spell- 
bound to speak even a word, uttered a piercing 
shriek and fell into the open arms of Spencer 
Hamilton. At the sound of this cry of dis- 
tress, which echoed throughout the palace, 
footsteps were heard approaching from every 

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direction. Soldiers, foot-guards, servants, and 
the Viceroy Cunningham himself with his 
guests, rushed into the drawing-room and be- 
held this highly surprising tableau of romantic 

Explanations of very delicate and discreet 
nature were promptly given to the Viceroy by 
the two lovers, and consent to their union was 
presently forthcoming. 

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After a triumphal bridal tour through 
England and America, Aurora and Spencer 
Hamilton settled in the Central African Com- 
monwealth, and by the strenuous qualities in- 
herent in both they had become popular and 
prominent in civic affairs. Fifteen years later, 
in 1976, through sheer merit of a public life 
of usefulness and rectitude, Hamilton was 
gazetted as Viceroy to the African Common- 

The year 1976 was indeed an epoch-making 
period. It was the two hundredth anniversary of 
the Declaration of Independence, and at the 
same time the semi-centennial of the happy 


Anglo-American Alliance. The double jubi- 
lee of these two nations, comprising neariy 
one-half of the worid's population, was cele- 
brated wherever the English tongue was spok- 
en, with commensurate grandeur, enthusiasm 
and eclat, such as absolutely to eclipse all the 
Durbars, Volkfests and celebrations in the his- 
tory of the world. 

And none the less, the composite but flour- 
ishing African Commonwealth, under the wise 
regime of Spencer Hamilton, was ablaze with 
prosperous pride in unison with England and 
America, for this grand and felicitous dual 

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